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The fairytale story almost happened too when Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne rode Miner’s Miss into third place at 100-1 in the first time she has ridden in a group one for her dad, Paddy Payne senior.

Paddy Payne only returned to training in December to get him out of the house again and the outsider ran brilliantly.

However, it was Aristia’s race with the horse now having two wins and five minor placings from 11 starts after breaking her maiden status on Saturday.

Michelle Payne with her brother Stephen and actor Rachel Griffiths at the Cup.

Michelle Payne with her brother Stephen and actor Rachel Griffiths at the Cup. Credit:Jesse Marlow

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