Michelle Payne celebrates her winning ride on Prince Of Penzance with brother and strapper Stephen Payne. Photo: Michael Dodge/Getty Images.
Michelle Payne celebrates her winning ride on Prince Of Penzance with brother and strapper Stephen Payne. Photo: Michael Dodge/Getty Images.

Cup heroine asked to ride in Coffs for Pink Silks

SPORTING hero Michelle Payne is being wooed by Coffs Harbour Racing Club to ride at the Pink Silks meeting on Sunday, January 10.

The Melbourne Cup-winning jockey has been on a whirlwind of celebrity appearances since the first Tuesday in November and now leading trainer and board member Jim Jarvis is hot on her trail.

"I've made the approach to Michelle's manager and now we wait and see what her bookings are like," he said.

"She couldn't get a ride in Sydney on the weekend but she'd get a ride in every race if she came here.

"The prize money is peanuts to what her earning power is like in Melbourne but I'm confident we can get her managers interested.

"Pink Silks made a large donation to the Australian Jockeys Trust last year and that's going to be big in our favour."

The famous Payne family already has connections with the Northern Rivers Racing Association.

Michelle's older sister Bernadette was a successful NRRA jockey before her retirement and nephew Sam is currently a leading apprentice and has ridden winners for the Jarvis stable.

Pink Silks will break new ground with a special feature race set aside for female jockeys.

Top Sydney apprentice Winona Costin will ride at the meeting.

Her clash with talented North Coast riders Jodi Worley, Kaylee Kirkwood and the Schmidt sisters, Priscilla and Cassie, will be a huge drawcard.

"Another highlight will be the appearance of Australia's only female racecaller, Victoria Shaw," Jarvis added.

"I have known her the best part of 30 years since she first started calling races in country Victoria and she has tremendous talent.

"The Pink Silks meetings have always been huge but not only will this be the biggest we've ever put on, the entertainment and other attractions will be the best ever."



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