05 November 2019 08:46
Australian-trained Vow And Declare has held off the international challenge to win the Melbourne Cup, giving jockey Craig Williams his first success in Australia's greatest race. One of the most inexperienced horses in the Cup, Vow And Declare defeated Irish stayer Master Of Reality, with English-trained Prince Of Arran finishing third. Williams famously missed the winning ride on the French-trained Dunaden in the 2011 Melbourne Cup, because of suspension. In a desperate finish involving four horses, the Danny O'Brien-trained Vow And Declare took an inside run and put his head down when it counted to win in a photo finish. Master Of Reality looked set to give jockey Frankie Dettori his first win, shooting clear at the 200m, before just failing to hold off the winner.
In the final metres, Dettori was ruled to have impeded fast-finishing Il Paradiso and Master of Reality was eventually relegated to fourth, with Prince of Arran promoted to second and Il Paradiso third. "I have to thank everyone around me that has touched my life throughout my career and given me advice, confidence, and they're all a part of this win," Williams said. O'Brien said the race didn't work out for Vow And Declare. "It wasn't a race that was going to plan, but he's a great horse, he's got great stamina," O'Brien said. There were claims of a robbery at the Melbourne Cup after Vow and Declare saluted in a thrilling finish.
After reviewing race footage, stewards needed little time to rule Dettori and Master of Reality infringed on Il Paradiso. Racing Victoria announced after the stewards meeting that Master of Reality has officially been relegated to finish fourth, while third-place finisher Prince of Arran has been promoted to second and Il Paradiso has officially finished third. The protest has cost the connections of Master of Reality a whopping $750,000, dropping the ownership group from the $1.1m prize for second-place to the $350,000 prize for fourth. "I didn't have to stop riding," he said of the contact from Master of Reality. Dettori said Il Paradiso still had room to move.
Vow and Declare won the 2019 Melbourne Cup. Photo / Getty Images. Vow and Declare wins the #MelbourneCup in an absolutely thrilling finish! Melbourne Cup runner Rostropovich has been transported to stables in Werribee with a suspected serious injury. The David Hayes trained horse finished fifth in last year's Cup, but limped to the finish in last place in 2019. A thrifty punter has been revealed to have made a Nostradamus-like punt on Vow and Declare to win the Melbourne Cup back in June. A genius punter is grinning from ear to ear after the insane decision to place a $1000 each-way bet on Vow and Declare to win and place paid off dramatically. The TAB says a punter put $100 (at odds of $201) on Vow and Declare to win the Melbourne Cup and $900 (at odds of $51) for the horse to place all the way back on June 8. The bet came after Vow And Declare finished second to Mr Quickie in the Queensland Derby five months ago. VOW AND DECLARE (AUS) - Jockey: Craig Williams, Trainer: Danny O'Brien PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) - Jockey: Michael Walker, Trainer: Charlie Fellowes IL PARADISO (USA) - Jockey: Wayne Lordan, Trainer: Aidan O'Brien 3. MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) – Jockey: Frankie Dettori, Trainer: Joseph O'Brien STEEL PRINCE (IRE) - Jockey: Brett Prebble, Trainer: Anthony Freedman MAGIC WAND (IRE) - Jockey: Ryan Moore, Trainer: Aidan O'Brien TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) - Jockey: Hugh Bowman, Trainer: Joseph O'Brien CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) - Jockey: Joao Moreira, Trainer: David Hayes, Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig HUNTING HORN (IRE) - Jockey: Seamie Heffernan, Trainer: Aidan O'Brien 7. LATROBE (IRE) – Jockey: James McDonald, Trainer: Joseph O'Brien 5. SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) - Jockey: Mark Zahra, Trainer: Ciaron Maher and David Eustace NEUFBOSC (FR) - Jockey: Luke Nolen, Trainer: David Hayes, Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig DOWNDRAFT (IRE) - Jockey: John Allen, Trainer: Joseph O'Brien 9. ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) - Jockey: Dwayne Dunn, Trainer: David Hayes, Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig Melbourne Cup 2019 won by Vow And Declare in dramatic, blanket finish at Flemington The 2019 Melbourne Cup has been won by Vow And Declare in a thrilling finish to the race that stops the nation. Key points: Vow and Declare is the first Australian horse to win the Melbourne Cup since Shocking in 2009 It is the first Melbourne Cup triumph for both jockey Craig Williams and trainer Danny O'Brien Master of Reality crossed the line in second place but was relegated to fourth following an upheld protest The Danny O'Brien-trained horse is the first Australian horse to win the great race since Shocking in 2009. Vow and Declare won in a near blanket finish from Prince of Arran in second and Il Paradiso in third. Master Of Reality, who came second initially, was bumped after the stewards lodged a protest, relegating the Irish-trained horse to fourth. Ridden by international jockey Frankie Dettori, Master Of Reality had a length lead in the closing 100 metres of the race, but was swamped by the field in the final metres in one of the great finishes in the Cup's 159-year history. With 200 metres to go, Vow And Declare looked down and out as Master Of Reality led the field home, but jockey Craig Williams bided his time and surged up the inside to come home by a head, despite copping a bump in the closing stages. With both horses trained by Ireland's O'Brien family — Master of Reality by son Joseph, and Il Paradiso by father Aidan — neither assisted the stewards in the protest room, but after viewing footage, the decision was upheld. All 24 horses finished the course, but Rostrapovich, trained by David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, reportedly had a suspected cracked pelvis and was later taken to Werribee Equine Clinic. Jockey Michael Walker, who rode Prince of Arran to second place, was also suspended for seven meetings and hit with a $10,000 fine for breaching the whip rule, using it 12 times before the 100m mark The race was under increasing scrutiny for injuries this year following a series of horse deaths at the Melbourne Cup, including TheCliffsofmoher being euthanased after breaking down in last year's race. The protest did not affect the winner of the race, handing a maiden win to both Williams and O'Brien. Williams, who celebrated his first Melbourne Cup win in 14 attempts, was thrilled with the finish. Williams missed out on a Melbourne Cup in 2011 when he was down to ride the French galloper Dunaden, but was suspended prior to Cup Day, leaving the winning ride to French jockey Christophe Lemaire. O'Brien was stunned after Vow and Declare crossed the line. "The last hundred he wouldn't give in and put his head out on the line and now we have won the Melbourne Cup." The hard luck story of the Cup was Aidan O'Brien's Irish challenger Il Paradiso. O'Brien has been trying for nearly two decades to win Australia's most famous race, but he has only managed second place — while his son Joseph won with Rekindling in 2017. The four-year-old chestnut horse Il Paradiso was seen as a decent chance in the race, but he had a tough beginning, missing the start by three or four lengths. Favourite Finche failed to break Chris Waller's Melbourne Cup drought, finishing seventh, while last year's winner Cross Counter ran a brave race, carrying 6.5kg more than 2018 to finish eighth. Topics: sport, horse-racing, australia, vic, flemington-3031 A protest involving father and son trainers has changed the placings of the Melbourne Cup as jockey Craig Williams and trainer Danny O'Brien broke their respective Cup droughts with Vow And Declare. Local hope Vow And Declare, whose win stands unchallenged, passed the post ahead of Master Of Reality and Prince Of Arran but stewards fired in a protest after the race against Frankie Dettori on the runner-up Master Of Reality on behalf of Il Paradiso in fourth, for causing interference. Master Of Reality is trained by Joseph O'Brien while Il Paradiso is trained by Joseph's father Aidan. Vow and Declare wins the 2019 Melbourne Cup Credit:Eddie Jim After hearing from connections, stewards upheld the protest demoting Master Of Reality behind Il Paradiso to fourth and moving Prince Of Arran up to second.