MICHELLE Payne, who won the 2015 Melbourne Cup on Prince Of Penzance, is set to launch a new chapter in her racing career with her first runner as a trainer this week.
Payne has declared her inmate Queen Of Zealand in a three-year-old maiden at Victoria country track Stawell on Tuesday. She is also due to ride the filly in the 1300m race after being granted a dual trainer-jockey licence.
Payne suffered a career-threatening injury in May and needed pancreatic surgery, but she returned to race-riding last month and rode her latest winner on Sunday.
She said of her first runner as a trainer: “I’m keeping my options open because Queen Of Zealand drawn wide and there is a lot of rain around – I’m not even sure they will race. I’m hoping to run her this week but it depends where the best option is.”