Disappointment for Ireland as 'Vow and Declare' wins the Melbourne Cup

Protesters during the Melbourne Cup Parade

Protesters during the Melbourne Cup

Trained by Danny O'Brien, Vow and Declare gave Australia a much longed for victory at the 3,200-meter (1.98 mile) race after a decade of foreign winners.

Australians have wagered more than $100 million throughout Tabcorp outlets on the Melbourne Cup, won by local Vow And Declare.

Master of Reality now gets relegated to fourth from second, Prince of Arran who was third moves up to second and Il Paradiso moves up to third.

Running a game race once again in second was Prince Of Arran with Michael Walker just thwarted on Charlie Fellowes' charge having finished third 12 months ago. I don't think he's finished outside the top three in six races in Australia now, which is an unbelievable record.

"We'll enjoy tonight, then regroup and plot a path to next year's Melbourne Cup".

Lordan said his horse wasn't checked.

"That's horse racing, some days you win, some days you lose". "I feel like I've let them down a bit, but once the dust has settled I'm sure I'll look back with a bit of pride".

The stewards protest was upheld despite a weird twist at the hearing held after Vow And Declare's famous win.

It was a third runner-up finish for the flamboyant Italian, after he narrowly missed out on both Central Park (1999) and Willie Mullins' Max Dynamite (2015).

Nick Williams, who owns Dettori's mount, said: "I'm shattered for him".

A total of 24 jockeys competed in the 159th rendition of the race, with only two Australian bred horses - Vow and Declare and Youngstar - taking part, according to the ABC.

Frankie Dettori raced prominently aboard Master Of Reality as his stablemate Twilight Payment set some of the early pace, with Vow And Declare also towards the fore, with Williams taking a position on the rail.

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