A jockey who turned down a modelling contract in New York to pursue a racing career is hoping to become the youngest ever woman to win the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.
Katelyn Mallyon swapped the runway for the racecourse and now wants to follow in the bootstraps of Michelle Payne, who overcame 154 years of male-dominated odds.
The 22-year-old jockey draws a lot of inspiration from the woman, almost a decade her senior, who rode Prince of Penzance to glory in 2015.
Her grandfather Mick Mallyon, a champion jockey who won three Caulfield Cups in 1960s and 1970s, said he feared his granddaughter would never race again.
However, it was her mother Mary who helped Katelyn Mallyon seize opportunities in the male-dominated racing industry.
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