She added: "It's probably because she's a country trained horse, ridden by me. We're not probably the most fashionable combination in the race so that makes us the underdogs really.”
The jockey and horse suffered a horrific fall on Oaks day in April last year, which left O’Hara with a broken collarbone and ribs, while Single Gaze was left bruised. But O’Hara was back training just six weeks later.
In 2015, Michelle Payne became the first ever woman to win the Melbourne Cup on Prince Of Penzance. The win was a big inspiration for O’Hara.
“Michelle’s win did inspire me because it showed if there are things that you want, if you keep working hard you can achieve them,’’ she told The Daily Telegraph.
“I’m not nervous about riding in the Melbourne Cup, I’m just excited to have this opportunity. It is every jockey’s dream to ride in a Melbourne Cup.”
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