Australia's Vow And Declare Wins The Lexus Melbourne Cup In Incredible Finish

Australian horse Vow And Declare has won a thrilling 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup.

The winner was trained by Melbourne trainer Danny O'Brien and ridden by Craig Williams, who has finally won a Melbourne Cup after so many years of trying.

The winner's official odds were $11,

Master of Reality was second across the line, while Prince Of Arran finished third for the second year in a row -- although these placings were later amended due to a protest from fourth-placed Il Paradiso against the runner-up, which shifted in late.

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While the main story of the race is that an Australian horse has cracked the two-year streak of northern hemisphere raiders, it's all about jockey Craig Williams, who owns one of the most unlucky stories in Australian racing.

In 2011, Williams was booked to ride eventual Cup winner Dunaden, but lost the ride due to suspension. He watched from home, dreaming of what might have been.

But now he's finally done it, thanks to a four-year-old gelding whose form was terrific in the Brisbane winter over the distance races, and again in the Melbourne spring -- when he finished fourth in the Turnbull Stakes and second in the Caulfield Cup.

At last! (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)

This was an unusual Melbourne Cup in which favouritism switched between three runners in the days leading up to the race.

Constantinople was favourite last week, while on the weekend, a big move came for Mer De Glace and it became favourite. On race day, local horse Finche -- which ran fourth in the 2018 Cup -- became favourite.

But it was Vow And Declare -- the fourth favourite -- which triumphed after a daring ride along the rails, hitting the lead in the shadows of the post.

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More to come.