Melbourne Cup 2015: How Michelle Payne stopped a nation

Published 1315 GMT (2115 HKT) November 3, 2015
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Michelle Payne rocked the world of racing by becoming the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse.

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The Melbourne Cup is known as the "race that stops a nation" such is the interest in the event. It's not just the cup that stops Australia -- it's high stakes in the fashion world too.
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The Melbourne Cup was given its own entrance parade ahead of the race. Matt King/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Australian beauty pageant titleholder and television reporter.Rachael Finch poses at the Myer Marquee on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse. Scott Barbour/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
The celebrities were out in force with Lleyton Hewitt, the Australian tennis player, just one famous face at the racecourse. Scott Barbour/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Of course, hats aren't just for women. Here designer Phillip Rhodes poses on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 3, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. Zak Kaczmarek/Getty Images for the VRC
There were 24 horses competing for a chance at sporting immortality. Quinn Rooney/Getty Images
Just the fourth woman to compete in the race in its 155-year history, Payne rode New Zealand-bred Prince of Penzance to victory. Robert Cianflone/Getty Images
Prince of Penzance cost $36,000 but came up trumps to win the $2.6 million top prize.
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Payne was mobbed by adoring fans after her surprise triumph. Quinn Rooney/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Payne, one of 10 kids, celebrated the victory with her family. Michael Dodge/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Payne celebrated her triumph with brother Stevie, who has Down syndrome. Stevie works as her strapper. Michael Dodge/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
DJ Nussy was on the decks as she entertained the crowds at Flemington. Wayne Taylor/Getty Images AsiaPac
Singer Craig David was also on hand to entertain the Flemington masses. Wayne Taylor/Getty Images AsiaPac
Supported by cello and violins, singer Nathaniel also performed at the racecourse. Ryan Pierse/Getty Images AsiaPac
There was a huge crowd at Flemington to witness Payne's landmark win. Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Mobiles were very much at the ready to capture events both on and off the track. Olivia Yasukawa
Crowds gather in Sydney's Martin Place -- where the Lindt Chocolate Cafe shooting took place in December 2014 -- to watch the race. Bridget Yasukawa
At the end of a long hard day's horse racing seagulls gather at Flemington to see what might be on the menu. Michael Dodge/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
With all eyes glued on events at Flemington, there wasn't a soul to be seen studying at the Australian National University's Law Library in Canberra. Louisa Yasukawa