Ill Payne misses out on Kaspersky ride as Chapple-Hyam turns to Nolen
History-maker Michelle Payne, who missed this summer's Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot as she was unwell, will not ride British raider Kaspersky in the Group 1 United Petroleum Toorak Handicap at Caulfield on Saturday due to illness.
Payne, who became the first female rider to win the Emirates Melbourne Cup in 2015, also missed out on partnering the Jane Chapple-Hyam-trained Kaspersky in Newbury's Hungerford Stakes a week after the Shergar Cup, but was on aboard for the six-year-old's creditable fifth in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.
She had been due to ride the son of Footstepsinthesand in the Toorak Handicap - a A$500,000 mile heat - but Black Caviar's jockey Luke Nolen will step in.
"It happens with people and there's lots of flu going around in Melbourne at the moment and I've got a bit of a head cold myself," the Newmarket-based Chapple-Hyam said, speaking to Australian media.
"So unfortunately she's not able to ride but we've engaged Luke Nolen, both the Clarkes [Ernest and Ronda, owners] are happy with that and I'm happy with that.
"He is more than capable, he's a multiple Group 1-winning rider."
Payne, whose breakthrough Melbourne Cup triumph came on Prince Of Penzance, now combines training with riding and was replaced in the Shergar Cup, which she also missed in 2016 through injury, by apprentice Hollie Doyle.
The 32-year-old had been due to be one of the fixture's star attractions, but also created headlines days before when leaving a media event in London early, although she denied swearing at Ascot officials.
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