All-Australian Cup win for Vow And Declare

All-AustralianCupwinforVowAndDeclare

November5,20196:06pm。

byAAP

CraigWilliamsridesVowAndDeclarepasttheFlemingtoncrowdafterwinningtheMelbourneCup。

VowAndDeclarehasrepelledtheinternationalinvasiontodeliveranall-AustralianMelbourneCupvictoryandasliceofhistoryforjockeyCraigWilliams。

Inhis16thCuprideandeightyearsaftermissingthewinningmountonDunadenthroughsuspension,WilliamsbecamejusttheeighthjockeytoclaimAustralianracingsbigfouroftheMelbourneandCaulfieldCups,CoxPlateandGoldenSlipper。

FortrainerDannyOBrien,itwasvindicationofhisfighttoclearhisnameinthelong-runningcobaltsagathatthreatenedhiscareer。

Inathrillingfour-wayfinish,VowAndDeclare($11),whohadracednearthespeedthroughout,surgedagainonthelinetogettheverdictbyahead。

MasterOfRealitywassecondpastthepostbutrelegatedtofourthonprotest,elevatingPrinceOfArran($17)totherunner-upstallwithIlParadiso($15)anothernoseback。

WilliamswasthrilledanAustralian-bredandownedhorsewastheonetodeliverhislonged-forMelbourneCup。

TobeluckyenoughtobeassociatedwithanAustralian-bredhorseastheraceisnowsointernational,itswow,Williamssaid。

Itisveryspecialtobeabletowinourgreatestrace。

Itjustresonateswitheveryone。

Itstopsthenation。

ItsveryspecialsoImverythrilled。

Williamshadfinishedrunner-upaboardVowAndDeclareintheCaulfieldCupandalsojustmissedaboardsecondplacegetterCastelvecchiointheCoxPlate。

ConnectionsofVowAndDeclaredidnottiehimdowntoinstructionsbuthehadporedoverhoursofformandhadfaithinhishorseandhisowndecision-making。

Iwentouttherewithacleanmind,anopenbookandIwasconfidentinthehorse,Williamssaid。

Hewassohappyandrollingalong。

IwashappytotakeuptheleadandthenIwashappytotakeasit。

Ihadthehorsetodeliverandhewasawesome。

OBrienwasnotexpectingWilliamstobeaspositiveashewasonVowAndDeclarebutsaiditwasawinningmove。

Norwashecertainthehorsehadwoninthedrivingfinish。

Butwegotthephotoandtheycanttakeitoffusnow,OBriensaid。

OBrienalsojoinsanelitesquadoftrainerstohavepreparedthewinnersofMelbournesthreefeaturespringraces。

HeaddstheMelbourneCuptohisCaulfieldCupwithMasterOReillyandCoxPlatewithShamusAward,anachievementOBrienputsinperspective。

Someonetoldmeyesterdaytherehasbeennotrainerwinthethreeoftheminthelast15yearsandthelastguywasBartCummingssoitsprettyspecialtohavewonallthreeofthem,hesaid。

Whilethewinnerswereallsmiles,itwasacaseofwhatmighthavebeenforthevanquished。

FrankieDettorihaswon250GroupOneracesaroundtheworldbutfellagonisinglyshortathis17thMelbourneCupattempt。

Torubsaltintothewound,MasterOfRealitylostsecondplaceonprotestandaninconsolableDettoriwashitwithanine-meetingcarelessridingsuspension。

Iwanttocry,Dettorisaid。

ChampiontrainerChrisWallerwaswidelytippedtomakeacleansweepofthethreerichestracesinthecountryafterclaimingtheEverestandGoldenEagleinSydney。

ButfavouriteFinchefellshort,finishingseventh,whilestablemateYoungstarwas20th。

LindsayPark,headedbyDavidHayes,saddledupthreerunnersbutRostropovichsustainedastressfracturetohispelvisduringtherace。

HewastakentotheUniversityofMelbourneEquineCentrewherevetsreportedthehorsetobestable。


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