Flemington (Melbourne), November 5: Vow And Declare upstaged a star-studded international field to win the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.
In a photo finish at Flemington, the Australian-bred gelding staved off the competition to win the eight-million Australian Dollars race.
Vow And Declare – whose trainer Danny O'Brien described the horse's chances as "a bit of a David and Goliath" task pre-race – crossed the post ahead of Master of Reality, who pipped Prince Of Arran to second place.
Winning jokey Craig Williams said: "I was lucky enough to sit on Vow And Declare. A credit to Danny O'Brien.
"It was a privilege to ride him today. We had a difficult barrier draw. The instructions, we trusted him. We know what we can do.
"Great to be associated with a great horse like this horse. I rode him on debut and Winx won a maiden years ago. He knows he has won and again… I'm so grateful to be given the opportunity."