Aussie horse Vow and Declare wins Melbourne CupSports | 5 Nov 2019 12:38 pm
Vow and Declare has staved off the competition to win the A$8 million Melbourne Cup at Flemington racecourse in Australia today.
All 24 horses got away cleanly, with Vow and Declare (A$12) leading from Master of Reality, Twilight Payment and Youngstar as they passed the post for the first time, 7News reports.
Twilight Payment settled to hold the lead until the last turn before the Craig O'Brien-trained Vow and Declare held strong and won from the inside.
The thrilling conclusion to the 3200m race required a photo finish to settle second and third, with Master of Reality pipping Prince of Arran for third.
However, an immediate protest against Master of Reality jockey Frankie Dettori for alleged interference in the final 100 left the final results under a cloud.
Upstaging the favoured internationals with the Australian horse Vow and Declare, the victory handed jockey Craig Williams the 'grand slam' of the Cup, Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup and Golden Slipper.
Williams was close to winning the three major Melbourne races in 2011 after claiming the Caulfield Cup on Dunaden and Cox Plate on Pinker Pinker.
"It was a privilege to ride him today. We had a difficult barrier draw," Williams told Channel 10.
"Danny said 'trust him, we know what he can do'. It's been great to be associated with a great horse like this horse."