Melbourne Cup: Vow and Declare wins as Frankie Dettori banned for eight days

Vow And Declare wins prestigious race, with Dettori's ride Master Of Reality demoted to fourth

Tuesday 5 November 2019 14:55, UK

Frankie Dettori pictured at Newmarket Gallops
Image: Frankie Dettori's has been handed an eight-day ban after Master of Reality was demoted to fourth after drifting across the track

Frankie Dettori was banned for eight days following his ride aboard Master Of Reality in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington.

Partnering the Joseph O'Brien-trained runner, Dettori passed the post in second place behind Vow And Declare after a tight four-way finish to the two-mile prize, with Prince Of Arran third and Il Paradiso fourth.

However, Dettori's mount drifted across the track in the final half-furlong, impeding the run of Il Paradiso, who was trying to challenge between Master Of Reality and Vow And Declare.

Wayne Lordan had to stop riding aboard Il Paradiso, who is trained by O'Brien's father Aidan, and the stewards quickly called an inquiry before eventually opting to demote Master Of Reality to fourth and suspend Dettori until November 14.

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The Charlie Fellowes-trained Prince Of Arran was promoted to second - one place better than last year - with Il Paradiso upgraded to third.

Joseph O'Brien won the 2017 Melbourne Cup with Rekindling and he was disappointed Master Of Reality could not give Dettori his first win in the race, with the Italian having twice finished second in 1999 and 2015.

He told "I'm more gutted for Frankie than I am for myself. I'll be back.

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"I don't know if Frankie is ever going to win this race."

Craig Williams rides Vow and Declare (orange and white) to victory in the 2019 Melbourne Cup
Image: Craig Williams rides Vow and Declare to victory in the 2019 Melbourne Cup

Dettori has enjoyed a stellar year with 19 Group One winners to his name, including three wins for super mare Enable and another Stayers' Million prize with Stradivarius.

However, he has endured a luckless run at Flemington, with his 17th ride on Master Of Reality resulting in a suspension that began immediately on Tuesday and ends on November 13, after pleading guilty to a charge of careless riding.

It is not the first time Dettori has fallen foul of the stewards in the Melbourne Cup, with the rider suspended for a month and fined 20,000 for causing interference on runner-up Max Dynamite four years ago.

He was also suspended for a month for careless riding on Mamool in 2004."I want to cry," said Dettori.

Owner Nick Williams said: "I'm shattered for him, nothing would have been better for Master Of Reality to have won the race for him."

Dettori is scheduled to start a four-week riding stint in Japan from next weekend.

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