Jockey Chris Symons will not ride in a race for the next two months, but his absence is not due to injury or suspension.

Symons is taking a temporary break to work on production of the Michelle Payne movie Ride Like a Girl. 

The Victorian hoop made the announcement via his personal Twitter account, describing his involvement as a 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity'. 

"I was approached probably two years ago by Rachel Griffiths (director) and Richard Keddie (producer) to get involved in a consultant sort of role, assisting in anything racing-related," Symons told broadcaster Racing.com. 

"It's an amazing script and an amazing story. To be a part of that in itself is something pretty special in my opinion." 

The film Ride Like a Girl is based on Payne's journey to becoming the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.

Payne, of course, partnered the Darren Weir-trained Prince of Penzance to a shock victory in the 2015 Cup, before famously telling the supposed naysayers to 'get stuffed'. 

Australian actress Teresa Palmer is set to play the role of Payne, with the film scheduled for release later this year. 

 

 

 

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