Vow and Declare wins Melbourne Cup

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Vow And Declare did it for the Aussies winning a dramatic, nail biting Melbourne Cup, which also saw Frankie Dettori’s runner-up Master Of Reality, demoted to fourth after a stewards’ enquiry.

Just as Dettori looked to claim the elusive Melbourne Cup he had long sought after, Craig Williams shot up the inside on Vow And Declare to claim a maiden triumph for the race. Here’s how the action unfolded:

Whilst there was elation for Williams and Australian Trainer Danny O’Brien more salt was to be rubbed in the wounds of coming second place for Frankie Dettori. Italian-born Dettori was given a 9-meeting ban after stewards ruled he, impeded Il Paradiso. As a result he was knocked back to forth place, Il Paradiso was promoted to third, with British hope Prince Of Arran second.

Prince Of Arran’s jockey, Michael Walker, had his own individual telling off when he was fined AUS10,000 (£5,400) and suspended for 7 race meetings for overuse of the whip. Prior to the race animal welfare has been hugely in the spotlight after recent cruelty scandals in Australia, so Walker was always going to be made an example of with his ban and fine.

Frankie could only respond with a few words when reporters tried to interview him following the race. ” I feel like crying”. It does seem that, this was the best shot that the fan favourite jockey had to win the Melbourne Cup.

However despite the few dramas of the race, the elation of Vow and Declares trainer, Danny O’Brien couldn’t be dampened:

I really can’t believe it, I just feel incredibly blessed to have a horse good enough to be in it. The last 100 (metres) he just wouldn’t give in.

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17:52

Tampa Bay Downs

Lem Me Tel Ya To Win

He has won four times from 6f to 7f. A winner at 14-1 at Tampa Bay Downs over 6f on his latest outing last month, beating Resident. Expect another bold showing.

18:48

Tampa Bay Downs

Kalu To Win

Successful twice at 6f. Won on his latest outing when 11-10fav at Tampa Bay Downs over 6f last month, beating Minnesota Lucky. Another bold bid from the front beckons as he drops in class.

19:19

Tampa Bay Downs

Majestic Melody To Win

Won on his latest outing when 2-5fav at Tampa Bay Downs over 7f in February last year, beating Alfred The Great. The absence has to be a worry, but his stable is in form.

19:50

Tampa Bay Downs

Classy Of Course To Win

Successful twice at 1m on good ground. A winner at 5-1 at Tampa Bay Downs over 1m (good) on her latest outing last month, beating Don’t Fight by 3 1/2l. Expected to give another good account from on or near the pace.

20:20

Tampa Bay Downs

Speeding Starlet To Win

Winner of five races at 1m. Third of 7 behind Scarlet Bow beaten at 2-1 on her latest outing at Tampa Bay Downs over 1m in February. Having her first run for a new stable today, previously with Gerald Bennett. Goes well at this venue and a bold bid seems assured.

20:51

Tampa Bay Downs

Jais’s Solitude To Win

He has won three times from 7f to 1m 4f on good ground. Beaten 6l behind March To The Arch at 8-1 when last of 9 on his latest outing at Gulfstream over 1m (good) in January. Drops significantly in grade and it will be disappointing if he fails to make his presence felt.

Returns and odds correct at time of publishing.