Australia: Paynes end tough week with Steeplechase win

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 03: Michelle Payne is congratulated by her brother Steven Payne, who has Down syndrome and works as a strapper after Michelle Payne riding Prince Of Penzance won race 7 the Emirates Melbourne Cup on Melbourne Cup Day at F

Michelle Payne: had surgery this week after a fall during racing

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Report: Australia, Saturday

Ladbrokes Park: The Australian Steeplechase 2m1f

AFTER a week of upheaval for the Payne family, the weekend brought some delight as Angelology (Brad McLean) staged a late charge to take victory for trainer Patrick Payne.

Payne is the older brother of Michelle Payne, the Melbourne Cup-winning jockey who had to have emergency abdominal surgery on Tuesday after a fall when racing the previous day.

The fall and surgery had prompted Patrick Payne to urge his sister to retire from riding, saying “What’s the point in chancing it?”

All the while, Payne was preparing Angelology, who is part-owned by two of his other sister Maree and Cathy, for a shot at A$125,000 (£61,500) Australian Steeplechase.

“They’ve been giving me instructions for the last week – even telling me how to train him,” Patrick Payne told “Cathy is really good to deal with and Maree likes to put her two bobs’ worth in.

“When Maree starts telling me what to do, I put the phone down and turn the kettle on and make a cup of tea and come back and she’s still carrying on.”

Angelology came through with a smooth run under jockey Brad McLean and Payne added:”You never like to get ahead of yourself, but it was just the perfect ride by Brad McLean. This horse has got winning ways about him.”


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