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Ill Michelle Payne to miss Kaspersky ride at Caulfield

Jane Chapple-Hyam

Jane Chapple-Hyam has booked the services of Luke Nolen for Kaspersky in the Toorak Handicap at Caulfield on Saturday as Michelle Payne is ill.

The Melbourne Cup-winning rider, who also missed the Shergar Cup at Ascot because of a virus, has been laid low with the flu.

She had previously ridden Kaspersky to finish a very creditable fifth of 16 in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot and Chapple-Hyam was keen to resume the partnership.

"Unfortunately there's lots of flu going around in Melbourne at the moment and even I've got a bit of a head cold myself," the trainer told www.racing.com.

"So unfortunately she's (Michelle) not able to ride but we've engaged Luke Nolen.

"I met him a few years ago in Newmarket when he rode Black Caviar.

"He is more than capable, he's a multiple Group One-winning rider."

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