Melbourne Cup: Vow and Declare wins Australia's most prestigious horse race

Pablo Tucker
November 5, 2019

Meanwhile Dettori was punished for interference caused to Il Paradiso inside the final 100m of the race.

After almost half an hour of deliberations following the race, Il Paradiso was promoted to third, Prince of Arran to second, and Master of Reality was bumped down to fourth place.

Punters have been left fuming at Italian jockey Frankie Dettori after a controversial move saw Master of Reality relegated from second to fourth in the 2019 Melbourne Cup.

In a desperate finish, Vow and Declare triumphed by half a head.


Star worldwide rider Frankie Dettori left Flemington with another careless riding suspension from a Melbourne Cup.

"While media coverage focuses on silly hats, the reality of the abusive racing industry is that horses are made to run to the detriment of their health".

Having taken Vow and Declare back to the rail earlier in the race Williams was left with clean air in the straight, which allowed the jockey to push his mount perfectly into stride before he had to endure some late jostling to emerge victorious.

Vow and Declare is one of two Australian horses to compete in this year's race.


There were claims of a robbery at the Melbourne Cup after Vow And Declare saluted in a thrilling finish. I am delighted that the horse ran so well.

Master of Reality, ridden by Frankie Dettori, was out in front and blocked off Ill Paradiso, ridden by Wayne Lordan, who was making great ground on the inside.

"(The horse is) a credit to Danny O'Brien ... we love this horse", Williams said.


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