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Melbourne Cup stays in Australia! Brilliant ride guides Vow And Declare to glory

Macquarie National News

The Melbourne Cup is staying in Australia after veteran jockey Craig Williams fought off all comers with a stunning ride to guide Flemington gelding Vow And Declare to victory.

The four-year-old gelding looked beaten 100m from home as UK stayer Master Of Reality stormed home.

But the Caulfield Cup runner-up would not be denied a second time.

He lifted under Williams’ urgings to nab a famous victory in the final strides.

Vow And Declare, trained at Flemington by Danny O’Brien, is the first Australian-trained horse to win the $8 million race since 2016.

There was drama to the post-script, with stewards upholding a protest of 4th versus 2nd, which demoted Master Of Reality to fourth, gifting Prince Of Arran second-place.

After the race, experts were quick to praise the ride of Williams in his long-awaited first Melbourne Cup victory.

“That was one of the best Cup rides I’ve ever seen,” tweeted Glen Boss, who won three consecutive cups aboard Makybe Diva.

1st: Vow And Declare

2nd: Prince Of Arran

3rd: Il Paradiso

4th: Master Of Reality

5th: Surprise Baby

6th: Mer De Glace

7th: Finche

8th: Cross Counter

9th: Steel Princ

10th: Magic Wand

11th: Twilight Payment

12th: Sound

13th: Constantinople

14th: Mirage Dancer

15th: Hunting Horn

16th: Raymond Tusk

17th: The Chosen One

18th: Latrobe

19th: Southern France

20th: Youngstar

21st: Neufbosc

22nd: Downdraft

23rd: Mustajeer

Last: Rostropovich


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