Inside the new life of Melbourne Cup's famous 'Wheelie Bin Girl' - after she ... trends now

Inside the new life of Melbourne Cup's famous 'Wheelie Bin Girl' - after she ... trends now
Inside the new life of Melbourne Cup's famous 'Wheelie Bin Girl' - after she ... trends now

Inside the new life of Melbourne Cup's famous 'Wheelie Bin Girl' - after she ... trends now

She was the talk of the Melbourne Cup when she was pictured straddling a wheelie bin in a blue dress and large fascinator. 

But Kiwi-born punter Jade Jillings' brush with fame - where she was dubbed 'Wheelie Bin Girl' for her antics after the 2016 race - hasn't dimmed her love of horse racing. 

Years after putting the incident behind her with a series of sheepish appearances on radio and TV, Ms Jillings, now 29, is understood to have carved out a career working as a horse trainer.

Her social media profiles list her as having been employed with a number of stables in the wake of her headline-making appearance, which led her to defend her actions as 'having a good time.'

Much to her embarrassment, images of Jade Jillings, 23, straddling a wheelie bin while wearing a little blue dress and large fascinator made headlines worldwide after her antics at Flemington in 2016

Jade Jillings (left) made headlines around the world when she decided to ride a wheelie bin as if it was a horse, while her housemate Tyler Johnson and a security guard watched on

The red-faced Jade and her housemate Tyler Johnson, who was dressed in a beige suit in the photos, appeared on The Project from Oaks Day where they told the panel they were 'just having a laugh'

 The red-faced Jade and her housemate Tyler Johnson, who was dressed in a beige suit in the photos, appeared on The Project from Oaks Day where they told the panel they were 'just having a laugh'

Life has been decidedly quieter for Ms Jillings since that Cup - although she clearly enjoys her time at the races, sharing photos of herself on the sidelines with her mates and tenderly patting horses.

Ms Jillings, with a friend at the races recently

Ms Jillings, with a friend at the races recently

Her love of animals clearly shines through in social media posts. Ms Jillings last year publicly shared the news her beloved English bulldog, Winston, had died. 

In an emotional message to locals in Ascot Vale, Melbourne,  Ms Jillings, 29, said she 'just wanted to let you guys know unfortunately yesterday Winston passed. 

'I know how much everyone and his friends meant to him down at the park and how much he loved going there. It's been a tough time but thank you all for being a part of his life.'

The last Ms Jillings has been heard from on the subject of her wheelie bin ride was in a series of interviews immediately after she went viral. 

In one such interview with Nova, she admitted she 'woke up a bit drunk this morning still'.

The New Zealander said free champagne on the day had contributed to the bin ride.

She, along with her then-housemate Tyler Johnson, also appeared on Channel 10's The Project, where they said they 'were just having a laugh'.

In the years since her momentary brush with fame, Jade Jillings has used social media to show her great love of animals

In the years since her momentary brush with fame, Jade Jillings has used social media to show her great love of animals

Ms Jillings' beloved English bulldog Winston (pictured) died on August 9. She posted an emotional tribute to him on Facebook

Ms Jillings' beloved English bulldog Winston (pictured) died on August 9. She posted an emotional tribute to him on Facebook

Ms Jillings said she was embarrassed when the photos emerged, but joked that she was just having 'a wheelie good time'.

Mr Johnson pointed out that they didn't bother anyone else. 'There was no trouble. We were having a good time. I feel like that's what racing is about. We didn't harm anyone.'

They even said their mums were 'proud' back home in their native New Zealand.

'Our mums agreed that "they were just having a good time and didn't harm anyone,"' said Ms Jillings.

Mr Johnson chimed in: 'Mum said 40 years ago she was dancing around at the races and snapped her ankles.

'They all said lucky there were no photographers back in their day.'

How life has changed forever for 'Fairy Floss Girl', the Australian races icon who set the internet alight - and the very loose off-track hits that got the country talking ahead of Melbourne Cup day

By Ashley Knickel and Charlotte Karp 

One of Australia's all-time favourite racegoers - 'Fairy Floss Girl' - is no longer a wild-child, having settled down and raising a little boy.

Karly Tsivoglou, 19, set the internet alight when she was snapped by Daily Mail Australia scoffing fairy floss, without using her hands, at Melbourne's Ladies Day in 2016.

The photos went viral across the country - with KIIS FM Kyle Sandilands gushing that she was 'hotter' than Selena Gomez.

Along with 'Fairy Floss Girl', several other racegoers have stopped the nation with their antics, including 'Wheelie Bin Girl' and the 'Cop Pusher' in 2015.

When asked how she feels about her famous photos reemerging every year on Melbourne

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