Melbourne Cup: Vow and Declare won the most prestigious horse race in Australia

The Australian cross horse competes in field 24 to win the Cup at the annual showcase contest at the Flemington Racecourse. 

Raised by Daniel O’Brien, Vow and Declare gave Australia the urge to win a 3,200 meter (1,98 mile) race after a decade of international victories. 

Williams and O’Brien won the top prize of $4.4 million ($3 million), according to News.com Cumulative prize money, including titles, has surpassed a whopping $8 million. This year, Australia ($5.5 million). 

Often held on the first Tuesday of November, the Melbourne Cup is one of the most respected races in the world and the culmination of a week-long event, beauty, food and cultural festival.

Veteran Williams came close to winning three big races in Melbourne in 2011, after winning the Caulfield Cup and Cox array. Tuesday marked his first victory of the Melbourne Cup.

Coach Joseph O’Brien, son of the venerable Irish boss Aidan O’Brien, won the 2017 Melbourne Cup with Rekindling and said he was disappointed by Dettori, who finished second.

Flemington, which has hosted the iconic race since 1861, has attracted around 81,000 fans to the Melbourne Cup Day, which is a public holiday in Victoria. 

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More than 2.5 million viewers are projected to be on TV around the world 

The 2018 event presented Victoria with a reported $309 million in total economic benefits. Of this, $47.9 million goes to retail spending, including clothes and grooming, according to a report coordinated by the Victoria Racing Club.

After the third Melbourne Cup, Racing Victoria said the last horse, Rostropovich pulled the lame and was rushed to a veterinarian clinic with a broken pelvis. Rostropovich is in stable condition and is closely tracked, according to Nine News. 

Animal health in Australia’s vast horse racing industry has recently been tracked.