The biggest race on the Australian sporting calendar has been run for 2019, with the Melbourne Cup finishing order decided.
There was better weather than expected in the Victorian capital, with the track ultimately rated a Soft 5. It still proved to be something of a slow race, but with an incredibly tight finish we’ll remember for a long time.
While Master of Reality crossed the line second in a photo finish, a protest lodged by the stewards has been upheld. Master of Reality was found to have interfered with Il Paradiso on the final turn and was relegated to fourth.
As such, Prince of Arran officially moves up to second.
Prince of Arran is a seven-year-old Bay Gelding, trained by Charlie Fellowes and jockeyed by Michael Walker.
First place: Vow and Declare
Second place: Prince of Arran
Third place: Il Paradiso
For the record, the runners-up over the previous three years have been Marmelo in 2018, Johannes Vermeer in 2017 and Heartbreak City in 2016.