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Michelle Payne: Melbourne Cup-winning jockey set for Royal Ascot debut

Michelle Payne after her Melbourne Cup win

Jockey Michelle Payne is looking forward to her debut at Royal Ascot next week, after serious injury ruled her out of last year’s event.

Payne – the first female rider to win the Melbourne Cup in 2015 – required surgery on her pancreas during a month-long stay in hospital in May 2016.

The Australian, 31, rides Kaspersky in Tuesday’s Queen Anne Stakes.

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