Melbourne — Australian stayer Vow and Declare won the 159th running of the Melbourne Cup by a neck at Flemington racecourse on Tuesday with the race overshadowed by a stewards protest and a horse pulling up lame with a cracked pelvis.  

The Danny O’Brien-trained gelding needed a last desperate kick in the final metres to seal the A$8m (R81.4m) handicap and give jockey Craig Williams his maiden Melbourne Cup triumph after more than a decade of trying...

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