Payne teams with O’Brien for feature win

Talented jockey Michelle Payne teamed with Flemington trainer Danny O’Brien yesterday to take out the Duncan's Autumn Country Showcase Series Final at Cranbourne with consistent galloper Sesotho.

The son of Danasinga won the $75,000 feature in a driving finish thanks to a daring ride by Payne.

Sesotho nabbed Disco Dan and held off the fast finishing The Fonz in a three-way photo to win the race after looking in a hopeless position with 600m to run.

After jumping from barrier 4, Sesotho drifted back in the field given the early pace in the race and was well back on the fence as the field turned for home.

“I was a little concerned going by the 600m as I thought how did I get myself so far back, but after I pushed out and gave him room in the straight his sprint was excellent. It was a really good win,” Payne said.

Sesotho was originally third emergency for the race, but he received luck race morning with four scratchings allowing him to sneak into the field.

“He wasn’t a bad pick up ride as he had been unlucky his last two starts at Sandown so he deserved some luck today.”

Payne is confident Sesotho will measure up to Saturday city class in the future.

“Given the way he let down at the finish, I have no doubt he will be up to winning better races,” she said.