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Melbourne Cup Replay - Relive the 2019 Race The Stops A Nation

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Watch a replay of the 2019 Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) and relive how the race that stops a nation unfolded at Flemington.


Vow And Declare came out on top in a thrilling finish at Flemington to provide trainer Danny O'Brien and jockey Craig Williams with their first Melbourne Cup winner.

The $12 shot was also towards the head of the field and led in the run for home, before Frankie Dettori on Master Of Reality and the Michael Walker on Prince Of Arran both edged ahead.

But Vow And Declare, runner-up in the Caulfield Cup, found the resolve to get his head in front on the line to defeat Master Of Reality, Prince Of Arran and the unlucky Il Paradiso.





A protest against Master Of Reality was subsequently upheld for the inteference on Il Paradiso. It meant Prince Of Arran was promoted to second with Il Paradiso third and Master Of Reality fourth.

Williams famously missed the winning ride on the French-trained Dunaden in the 2011 Melbourne Cup because of suspension.

But he has now completed the grand slam of Australian racing after winning the Golden Slipper, Cox Plate and Caulfield during a decorated career.

In a desperate finish involving four horses, the Danny O'Brien-trained Vow And Declare took an inside run and put his head down when it counted to win in a photo finish.

Master Of Reality looked set to give jockey Frankie Dettorie his first win, shooting clear at the 200m before just failing to hold off the winner.

"I have to thank everyone around me that has touched my life throughout my career and given me advice, confidence and they're all a part of this win," Williams said.

O'Brien said the race didn't work out for Vow And Declare.

"It wasn't a race that was going to plan...but he's a great horse, he's got great stamina," O'Brien said.


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