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Aussie horse Vow and Declare wins 2019 Melbourne Cup

Staff writers, November 5, 2019 3:20PM Kids News

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Jockey Craig Williams rides Vow And Declare to victory in race 7, the Lexus Melbourne Cup, during Melbourne Cup Day, at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Picture: AAP media_cameraJockey Craig Williams rides Vow And Declare to victory in race 7, the Lexus Melbourne Cup, during Melbourne Cup Day, at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Picture: AAP

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Australian horse Vow and Declare has won the 2019 Melbourne Cup in a thrilling finish.

And after 15 attempts, jockey Craig Williams has finally won the biggest race in the country and his career, fighting back late in the race to hand victory to trainer Danny O’Brien.

The Australian-born-and-bred, four-year-old chestnut gelding* Vow and Declare was also runner up in the Caulfield Cup in October.

In a four-way dart to the finish of the 3200m on a perfect spring day, Master of Reality surged to the lead with 100m to go, but Vow and Declare kicked in the final 50m to win by a nose.

Master of Reality was later demoted* to fourth place after a protest, with Prince of Arran taking out second (one better than last year’s third place) and Il Paradiso third.

2019 Melbourne Cup Day media_cameraJockey Craig Williams (in orange) rides Vow and Declare to win the 2019 Melbourne Cup. Picture: Getty Images

The past two Cups have been won by international horses straight off the plane — Cross Counter in 2018 and Rekindling in 2017.

Vow and Declare has won the 2019 Melbourne Cup (Network 10)

GLOSSARY

  • gelding: castrated male horse
  • demoted: opposite of promoted

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