Not every running of the Melbourne Cup is Hollywood-worthy – only Phar Lap has so far made the cut – but the 2015 race is on its way the big screen.
And it’s no surprise why. In the 155th running of the Cup, Michelle Payne made history by becoming the first female jockey to win the race that stops the nation – and her victory on 100-1 chance Prince of Penzance is the subject of a movie that marks the directorial debut of superstar actress Rachel Griffiths.
The tale of the girl from Miners Rest who overcame numerous personal tragedies to succeed is being transformed for the silver screen in Ride Like A Girl, due for release in 2019.
Rounding out the cast is Payne’s real-life brother Stevie, who was Prince of Penzance’s strapper on the day of his sister’s famous win. It was Stevie who drew gate one at the barrier draw the previous weekend, and become an instant celebrity with his post-race celebrations on Channel 7’s broadcast.