The first stop
It took off for Patrick Payne, with Chatelaine capturing victory in a BM-58 race at Kilmore on May 12 as a $3 elect.
The win would be the first of two on the day as progressive galloper Gate Crash scored at Pakenham over 1600 metres in BM-64 grade only a few hours later.
The weekend would turn into a winner at Flemington with Jimmy The Bear collecting the winner’s cheque at $21, while Free Flying Star and Hearts and Minds ensured Payne hit a double at Echuca.
It was the beginning of what has been a monumental ride.
Two more passengers
After taking off from the first station, the Payne train would pick up two more passengers: Bold Hoi Ho and Hey Happy.
Bold Hoi Ho destroyed his rivals in a 1300-metre maiden event after leading all the way, and Hey Happy would grind away to score a victory over the hurdles.
These two runners would make it seven winners across three days of racing for the stable.
The train was starting to fill up, and a new carriage might be needed!
Let’s talk about six, baby
Six, yes, that’s right, six winners for Patrick Payne would eventuate on May 29 after hauling a city win with D’aguilar at Caulfield the day prior.
The final Sunday of May for 2022 consisted of winners at Mildura and Ballarat.
Another Rally ($3.20), Irememberwhen ($2.35), Rock Up ($1.60), and Our Modena ($5) were the winners at Mildura, while Simply Venus ($4.20) and Shakespeare ($21) were the two triumphant horses at Ballarat.
If you’d have taken the all-up bet at Mildura with those five winners, you would get around 60-1 odds.
May run not done
A double at Hamilton ensured the end of May was a thing of beauty for the Payne stable.
After producing a solid first-up run at Pakenham, Bigolino would scorch his way up the middle of the Hamilton straight over 1400 metres on a heavy 10 to collect the prize.
However, it was not over.
Enter Chatelaine for the second time in a fortnight.
A mare who had struggled to find one win, let alone two on the trot, made it over 1600 metres in the BM-64 event as a $7 elect.
Yes, it is a shocking pun and play on words of The Beatles’ hit ‘Hey Jude,’ but Payne would have to be on par in a popularity contest against one of the greatest bands of all time.
Let’s go through his winners in June as a list.
– Birdies Galore (Morphettville 1250 metres BM-68 at $2.10
– Jimmy The Bear (Flemington 1400 metres 3YO HCP at $8.50)
– Twin Spinner (Sale 3280 metres Maiden Hurdle at $2.60)
– Mr Pickwick (Swan Hill 1600 metres BM-70 at $6.50)
– Quang Tri (Swan Hill 1300 metres Elvstroem Classic at $2.35)
– Bigolino (Sandown 1600 metres 3YO HCP at $9.50)
– Master Sun (Casterton 1400 metres 2UP Maiden at $1.70)
– The Guava (Casterton 1000 metres 2UP Maiden at $2.70)
– Poker Scene (Wangaratta 1300 metres 3YO Maiden at $2)
– Hearts and Minds (Geelong 1425 metres Class 1 at $8)
– Irememberwhen (Moe 1000 metres Class 1 at $2.60)
– Mr Pickwick (Morphettville 1800 metres BM-68 at $4.20)
– Another Rally (Morphettville 1524 metres BM-60 at $4.80)
– The Guava (Morphettville 1100 metres 2YO BM-64 at $7)
– D’aguilar (Caulfield 2000 metres Quality Handicap at $3.80)
By The Numbers
The numbers make for great reading.
Of the 141 runners Payne has fielded to June 29 from May 12; he had trained 35 winners.
A strike rate of 24.82% means he is nearly landing a winner for every four runners.
His ROI went at a staggering 43% for May and sat at 13% in June.
A phenomenal feat.