Vow And Declare Has Won The Melbourne Cup
After an intense and packed race, Vow and Declare has won the Melbourne Cup 2019.
The horse was considered an underdog heading into the 'Race that Stops the Nation'.
Trainer Danny O'Brien told The Age ahead of the race: "That mix of a bit of class and a bit of stamina is what you need.
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"When he walked in my door I would not have thought he was a Melbourne Cup candidate.
"We do a DNA test on all our horses and he came up a TT long, which is an extreme distance horse, so before we raced him we knew he was a horse with the genetic potential to run 3200-metres. That has always been at the back of our mind.
"He has always been a nice animal, we gelded him very early knowing he was going to be a 2400-metre plus horse."
But little did he know that Vow and Declare would pull off the biggest win on the Australian racing calendar.
The finish was tight, with a photo finish for second and third, which were Prince of Arran and Il Paradiso third, with Master of Reality in fourth.
Master of Reality actually crossed the line second however it was fined for causing interference on behalf of Il Paradiso and demoted to fourth.
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