Craig Williams (Vow And Declare) 1st :

“It was a privilege to ride him today. Look at him, he knows he’s won.
I’m so grateful to be given the opportunity. He just gave me a beautiful ride.

(Trainer) Danny O’Brien and the owners gave me no instructions.  He just said ‘trust the horse’.”


Michael Walker (Prince Of Arran) 2nd :

“Charlie (Fellowes, trainer) and the team have done a great job. I love the horse and I just wanted to
win it, you know. I feel like I’ve let him down.”


“Wayne Lordan (Il Paradiso) 3rd :

He could’ve done with the tempo a bit quicker. We didn’t get an ideal position but he ran well.”


Frankie Dettori (Master Of Reality) 4th :

“I want to cry.”

Jordan Childs (Surprise Baby) 5th :

“He ran super. I just had nothing to take me into the race from the 800 (metres) but he’ll be back bigger and better next year.”

Damian Lane (Mer De Glace) 6th :

“He was massive. He wasn’t entitled to finish off like he did after the slow tempo. Finished well late.”

Kerrin McEvoy (Finche) 7th :

“He ran great. The pace wasn’t that strong. Would’ve liked them to go a bit quicker. But we presented at the topof the lane and I thought he was a real chance there at the 300 (metres). He
then just levelled out the last little bit. A brave run.”

William Buick (Cross Counter) 8th :

“He ran a huge race … just slowly away.”

Brett Prebble (Steel Prince) 9th :

“He ran super but they didn’t go a gallop. He was in a nice position but he wouldn’t switch the chewy off and it just took its toll late.”

Ryan Moore (Magic Wand) 10th :

“She had no luck. Got an early bump so we were back further than we wanted and they went too slow up front.”

Hugh Bowman (Twilight Payment) 11th :

“He had a really smooth run in transit. He just didn’t have the sprint required to win a Melbourne Cup.”

James Winks (Sound) 12th :

“Tempo was ridiculous so he’s run really well.”

Joao Moreira (Constantinople) 13th :

“Disappointing, yes. He was going to have a super run.”

Ben Melham (Mirage Dancer) 14th :

“He ran well. Probably didn’t quite see out the last part of the race.”

Seamie Heffernan (Hunting Horn) 15th :

“I needed to get cover and I couldn’t. The pace was too slow.”

Jamie Spencer (Raymond Tusk) 16th :

“Beautiful position but the race was too slow.”

Tim Clark (The Chosen One) 17th :

“He went alright. From that draw I had to get a long way back and the pace was no good for him. But he
stayed on well.”

James McDonald (Latrobe) 18th :

“Just got back in a slowly run race. Hard to get into it.”

Mark Zahra (Southern France) 19th :

“Had a tough run … probably didn’t stay.”

Tommy Berry (Youngstar) 20th :

“Speed of the race didn’t help her.”

Luke Nolen (Neufbosc) 21st :

“They went too steady for me.”

John Allen (Downdraft) 22nd :

“Slowly run race mightn’t have suited him. Only I didn’t think that he ran out the trip.”

Damien Oliver (Mustajeer) 23rd :

“They just went ridiculously slow and it didn’t suit my horse. Probably didn’t get a chance to run to his best.”

Dwayne Dunn (Rostropovich) 24th :

“He hasn’t pulled up too well, he’s obviously sustained an injury somewhere in the run.”