Three years ago Michelle Payne made worldwide headlines by becoming the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.
She saluted on Prince of Penzance for Ballarat trainer Darren Weir.
Payne returns the scene of that life-changing moment again on Tuesday, but this time in a much different role.
She will be at Flemington as a trainer/jockey – taking the ride on Sonic Deed from her Miners Rest stable.
Payne last rode at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day in 2016 – a year after combining with Prince of Penzance.
Now a household name, Payne has held a dual trainer/jockey licence for more than two years.
She was one of the first three holders of the licence in Victoria in August, 2016.
She has trained 12 winners, including one at Moonee Valley, but never tasted success at Flemington.
Payne has only had four starters at the track.
Sonic Deed lines up in the Schweppes Flemington Fling for three-year-olds over 1000m.
The filly has had just the four starts, for a maiden win on the Pakenham synthetic track in May.
She goes to Flemington off a first-up fifth at Bendigo on October 20.
Payne’s Melbourne Cup Carnival will not end there.
She is also set to ride Miner’s Miss for her father Paddy in the group 1 $1m Victoria Oaks, 2500m, on Thursday.
Paddy Payne emerged from retirement as a trainer late last year and Miner’s Miss provided him with his first win in nine years in a maiden at Avoca on October 20.
MICHELLE Payne is among a group of young Ballarat trainers on the rise with runners at Flemington on Tuesday, including those of Archie Alexander and Matt Cumani, who each sit inside the top 20 on the Victorian trainers’ premiership.
Alexander has Mirette in the listed $150,000 Jim Beam Black Stakes, 1400m, and So Far Sokool and stable favourite Spanner Head in the group 3 $200,000 Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes for mares, 1400m.
Cumani has Etah James in the $120,000 Ronald McDonald House Charities Plate, 2800m, One More Try in the $120,000 TAB APP Trophy for mares, 1700m.
One More Try has won four of her latest five starts, including her past two since resuming from a spell.
Mitch Freedman will also be represented at Flemington.
He has Brave Tango, which was first emergency, but has secured a start, engaged in the $120,000 Grinders Coffee Roasters Trophy, 1400m.