Local horse Vow and Declare wins Melbourne Cup in thrilling race

| November 14, 2019
2019 Melbourne Cup
Vow and Declare wins Melbourne Cup

The 159th running of the Melbourne Cup was a thriller with Vow and Declare winning the famed race. While eyes were on the winner, a protest was filed by stewards at the race as second-place finisher Master of Reality impeded third-place finisher Prince Arran in a photo finish. Australian horse racing fans are gearing up for the biggest races of the season and Betenemy has the best odds to wager on each event. 

The Melbourne Cup is the biggest event on the Australian horse racing calendar and it is said it “stops a nation”. It’s run at magnificent Flemington that always looks a picture in early November. This year’s event was no different when Vow and Declare took to the winner’s circle.

Local horse comes good

Race fans saw this year’s Melbourne Cup overwhelmed with entrants from around the globe. Despite the high number of foreign horses competing, it was the locally raised and trained Vow and Declare that ran across the finshline first. Vow and Declare started the race at a fantastic 10/1 odds for punters. 

Vow and Declare was the perfect type of horse to win a Melbourne Cup. He is an out and out stayer with fast turn-of-foot that can be unleashed at the end of the race. His courage was evident when he was headed but came again to win decisively.

As Australia’s biggest horse race and one of the largest in the world, the Melbourne Cup is a highly sought-after piece of silverware by trainers and jockeys from around the globe. The number of hopefuls from outside of Australia competing for the race’s purse increases with every edition. The two-mile race is a gruelling affair with a first-place prize of Aus$8 million up for grabs.

Vow and Declare was ridden by jockey Craig Williams, who finally conquered the Melbourne Cup after more than 10 tries. Williams’ best previous finish was second place in 2013 on the back of Mount Athos.

Trainer Danny O’Brien was overcome with the emotion of the day watching Vow and Declare win the cup. O’Brien had a four-year suspension overturned in 2017 on appeal after several of his horses tested positive for cobalt. The banned substance was found in O’Brien’s horses and the trainer was subsequently banned in 2014.

Race protest

While Vow and Declare celebrated an epic win at the cup, there was a race protest filed by stewards centred around second-place finisher Master of Reality. The horse was found to have impeded Prince of Arran and was relegated to fourth place in the final Melbourne Cup standings. It allowed Prince of Arran and Il Paradiso to move into second and third place, respectively. 

The final result saw Master of Reality’s team lose out on Aus$750,000 in prize money. It also surely saw a variety of punters lose out to bookmakers. 

Following Master of Reality’s demotion from second to fourth, jockey Frankie Dettori spoke about his devastation of losing out on a top-two finish. As if demotion wasn’t enough for Dettori, he now faces an eight-day ban from racing. Dettori has ridden in 17 Melbourne Cup races but never won the event. 

Dettori is not the only jockey from the race to receive a ban. Michael Walker, who rode Prince of Arran to second place, was suspended for seven races and fined Aus$10,000 for excessively whipping the horse. 

Of the 24 horses in the race, only one competitor suffered an injury. Rostropovich endured a fractured pelvis. 

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