Original article by John Stensholt
The Australian – Page: 1 & 7 : 6-Nov-19
Vow And Declare, the first Australian-bred horse to win the Melbourne Cup since 2009, was passed in at the 2017 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. The horse was bred by builder and hobby breeder Paul Lanskey; it had a reserve of $60,000 but failed to attract a bid. Vow And Declare was subsequently bought by a diverse group of investors from across Australia. Trainer Danny O’Brien was cleared over a long-running cobalt scandal in 2018, while it was the first Melbourne Cup win for jockey Craig Williams in his 16th attempt.