Melbourne Cup brawl: Punters filmed fighting near Flemington corporate marquee


The Melbourne Cup is staying in Australia after veteran jockey Craig Williams fought off all comers with a stunning ride to guide Flemington gelding Vow And Declare to victory.

Running a game race once again in second was Prince Of Arran with Michael Walker just thwarted on Charlie Fellowes' charge having finished third 12 months ago.

Dettori's mount exhausted with the finish line in sight and hampered the chances of the fast finishing Il Paradiso - trained by Joseph's father Aidan - with Wayne Lordan squeezed for room at a crucial juncture before finishing fourth.

Footage has emerged of a wild brawl at yesterday's Melbourne Cup beside a corporate marquee at Flemington.

He says he does not want to name everyone in the stable but with all their hard work, they love this horse.

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Jockey Frankie Dettori, whose Melbourne Cup mount Master of Reality was demoted from second to fourth after a protest, has since copped a nine-race ban.

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.

"We have absolutely no idea how this punter located the Melbourne Cup victor almost a year ago, but we salute their ability to predict the future", he said. I am delighted that the horse ran so well.

"I left it [race plan] completely up to Craig, and it's been the winning move hasn't it?"

Things got worse for Dettori when a stewards' protest was lodged on behalf of the connections of fourth placegetter, Il Paradisio ridden by Wayne Lordan, against Dettori resulting in Master Of Reality being relegated to fourth.