Tattersall’s Cup Winner Vow And Declare Targets Melbourne Cup 2019

June 22, 2019

Tattersall’s Cup Winner Vow And Declare Targets Melbourne Cup 2019

The 2019 Melbourne Cup has been identified by connections as a possible spring target for progressive young stayer Vow And Declare after his easy Tattersall’s Cup win at Eagle Farm.

Big Duke. Photo: Steve Hart.

2019 Melbourne Cup hopeful Vow And Declare defeated Big Duke (pictured) in the Tattersall’s Cup at Eagle Farm. Photo: Steve Hart.

A three-year-old son of Declaration Of War, the Danny O’Brien-trained gelding proved his ability to run further than 2400m when beating home his older rivals on Tiara Day in the Group 3 $200,000 Tattersall’s Cup (3000m).

Victorian horseman O’Brien pounced on the chance to test the chestnut’s staying prowess with the Tattersall’s Cup extended in distance for the 2019 edition.

Not only did Vow And Declare win the event, but he held more than three lengths on the line over the Kris Lees-trained runner-up Big Duke – a former fourth placegetter in the 2017 Melbourne Cup.

The $8 million Group 1 Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) could now be on the cards for Vow And Declare on Tuesday November 5 should the rising four-year-old return in the same outstanding form this spring.

The Tattersall’s Cup run was a Plan B performance for the galloper after he finished runner-up behind Mr Quickie on Stradbroke Day a fortnight ago in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m).

Finishing second instead of first in the Derby proved to have a silver lining however according to part-owner Geoff Corrigan who confirmed Melbourne Cup talks.

“If we had the run of the winner we probably would have won the Derby, but we wouldn’t have been here for this race,” he told Racing Queensland.

“It worked out ideally because we needed to see if he was a good stayer because I know Danny [O’Brien] has his eye on a certain 3200 metre race in the spring.

“We needed to see whether he’s a good stayer because there’s a couple of good 3200m races in the spring.

“When he won on Oaks day at Flemington last November Danny’s description of him was ‘this is an elite staying prospect’ and it’s always stayed with me.

“He won over 1800 metres which was an unsuitable trip but he did that on guts then he injured his back a bit which put him out for a while but he’s shown today that he is an elite staying prospect.”

Boss gave Vow And Declare a peach of a ride midfield on the outside throughout in the Tattersall’s Cup, saving the horse for his big finish when easily outstaying the field.

“He’s got a great set of lungs this horse. After the race I was blowing harder than him,” the winning hoop said.

“It’s hard to know what the ceiling is with these horses.

“Danny’s had a massive wrap on him and when they changed this race from 2200m to 3000m it gave him the opportunity to run in it instead of going to the paddock.

“He’s got plans to run him in the spring and it’s worked out well because if it was 2200m he wouldn’t have run today and we wouldn’t have found out if he can go 3000m.”

The latest futures Melbourne Cup 2019 betting odds at Ladbrokes.com.au have Vow And Declare at $51.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Military Mission Fires in 2023...

Zipping Classic 2023 Field �...

Zipping Classic 2023 Field & Odds Update: Vow And Declare Defends Title

Danny O’Brien’s 2019 Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare continues to show a...

Overpass Heads 2023 Winterbott...

Overpass Heads 2023 Winterbottom Stakes Field & Betting Markets

Bjron Baker’s The Everest performer Overpass is tipped to return to winning...

Osipenko Leads The Gong 2023 R...

Osipenko Leads The Gong 2023 Race Field & Betting

The Chris Waller-trained Pierro four-year-old Osipenko is firm favourite in...

2023 Railway Stakes Field ...

2023 Railway Stakes Field & Betting Update: Tuvalu Narrow Favourite

The Lindsey Smith-trained top-weight Tuvalu is narrow favourite in the latest...

Horse Racing Today

Riff Rocket Hands Waller His M...

Doncaster Mile 2024 Results: C...

Doncaster Mile 2024 Results: Celestial Legend Flashes Home Late for Bridge & Schiller

The classy, light-weight three-year-old Celestial Legend bombed them late in...

2024 Inglis Sires’ Winne...

2024 Inglis Sires’ Winner Manaal Beats Home The Boys

In a photo thriller the sole filly in the Inglis Sires’ 2024 beat home the...

2024 The Galaxy Results: Zapat...

2024 The Galaxy Results: Zapateo Upsets Sunshine In Paris

Godolphin mar Zapateo has emerged from Golden Slipper Day a Group 1 winner...

Golden Slipper Results 2024: L...

Golden Slipper Results 2024: Lady Of Camelot Beats Coleman, Storm Boy Third

Co-trainer Gai Waterhouse extended her record to eight victories in the 2024...

Race Results

Riff Rocket Hands Waller His Maiden Australian Derby 2024 Win

Doncaster Mile 2024 Results: Celestial Legend Flashes Home Late for Bridge & Schiller

2024 TJ Smith Stakes Results: Chain Of Lightning Strikes An Upset

2024 Inglis Sires’ Winner Manaal Beats Home The Boys

2024 The Galaxy Results: Zapateo Upsets Sunshine In Paris

Race Previews

Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2024 Tips & Best Bets

Sydney Cup 2024 Field & Odds: Punters Go for Circle Of Fire

Zougotcha Leads Queen Of The Turf Stakes 2024 Field & Betting

2024 Australian Oaks Field & Betting Update: Orchestral Top Fancy

Via Sistina Heads 2024 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Field & Betting

Fields & Form

Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2024 Tips & Best Bets

Sydney Cup 2024 Field & Odds: Punters Go for Circle Of Fire

Zougotcha Leads Queen Of The Turf Stakes 2024 Field & Betting

2024 Australian Oaks Field & Betting Update: Orchestral Top Fancy

Via Sistina Heads 2024 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Field & Betting