Vow and Declare Wins Melbourne Cup

Australian-bred and 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.

The win was also a first for trainer Danny O’Brien with Vow And Declare crossing the line ahead of Master of Reality, Prince Of Arran and Il Paradiso.

A protest on behalf of the fourth-placed Il Paradiso, against the runner-up for interference over the final 100m, was upheld.

The decision relegated the Frankie Dettori-ridden Master Of Reality to fourth with Prince Of Arran gaining second and Il Paradiso promoted to third.

Williams famously missed the winning ride on the French-trained Dunaden in the 2011 Melbourne Cup because of suspension.

Eight years later, Williams joins Neville Selwood, Roy Higgins, Pat Hyland, Mick Dittman, Jim Cassidy, Damien Oliver and Chris Munce as the only jockeys to win the “grand slam” of Australian racing – the Golden Slipper, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup.


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