Michelle Payne (Image: Tom Pollock)
Emirates Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne made the most of one ride at Flemington on Saturday winning aboard Invincible Al in the $100,000 L.V. Lachal Handicap (1000m).
Trained by Payne’s brother Patrick, Invincible Al ($9.50) was a conspicuous last at the 400m mark but displayed an impressive turn of foot when angled to the outside by Payne to win by 1.25 lengths over Sacred Sham ($6.50), with Mistoffelees ($61) further back in third.
Payne said getting Invincible Al to relax was the key to the horse producing his best form.
“It was the perfect scenario for him today with the speed on because he was so relaxed and when he is able to switch off like that then you know he’s going to have a pretty explosive turn of foot,” Payne said.
“Coming up past the 600m I thought he’s on today and it was just a matter of being patient and waiting for the right time.”
Payne, who combines race riding with training a team of horses at Ballarat, said she was realistic about how concentrating on the training side of her business has resulted in less opportunities in the saddle.
“I think my last ten rides have either been for myself, or my two brothers Patrick and Andrew,” she said.
“Unfortunately I’m not getting other support outside of the family but I’m only working my own horses at home and am not out riding track work or trials so you can’t expect too much but I’m enjoying what I’m doing and it’s great to come here and ride a winner for Patrick.”
Set to leave for England on Monday, Payne said she was hopeful of securing the appropriate visa to ensure she can ride Kaspersky in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday week.
“We’re still working on getting my visa as I was unaware of the new changes. Last time I rode on a visiting jockeys licence but this time it’s different and we’re working overtime to get that sorted,” Payne said.
“I’m hoping to ride in the week leading up to the race but we’ll just see what happens (with the visa) in the next few days.”