For three and a half minutes on Tuesday and the crazy hours that followed, the people of Gympie in central Queensland were able to put the paralyzing drought out of their heads.
Gympie, which has to deal with water restrictions after its dam had fallen to its lowest level in ten years last month, has become familiar with hardship in recent months, but now – thanks to a gelding that no one wanted to buy – the city also has some good ones samples taken – earned pleasure.
A number of members of the Gympie community are co-owners of Vow and Declare, which won the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday – the first locally bred winner of Australia's biggest race in ten years.
The main owner Paul Lanskey offered shares in the racehorse and a local syndicate was formed after the horse was returned to an auction in 2017.
The joy of the struggling community in the horse's victory was shown in a video on Instagram, in which men and women – dressed for the occasion – showed that they were encouraging him while watching the race on television at the Gympie Turf Club.
Gympie Turf Club was full of excited locals who watched while waiting
Racegoers dressed to perfection are seen at the tent in Gympie Turf Club
Gympie, in central Queensland (photo), is struggling to cope with the lack of rain and the city is struggling with water restrictions after the dam had fallen to its lowest level in a decade last month
What is a syndicate?
A syndicate refers to a group of people who have purchased the ownership of a horse.
A contract is established between the members of the syndicate to protect the interests of each member.
The syndicate is responsible for paying the annual costs necessary to maintain the racing animal and to make it compete in races.
They saw the gelding shoot up from the wide barrier and dig deep when they went straight into the house to pass the Master of Reality and win.
The crowd jumped up and wild cheers broke loose as Vow and Declaration achieved an exciting victory.
Mayor of Gympie, Bob Leitch, became co-owner when his wife bought him part of the horse for his 50th birthday.
& # 39; It's like the birthday gift that keeps giving, & # 39; he said ABC.
The 13-member syndicate is spread over Noosa and Gympie and each member receives a share of the $ 4.4 million prize money.
It includes Mr. Lanskey & # 39; s partner Helga, cousin Anthony and two sons Lachlan and Ben.
Alderman Leitch noted that the spirit had recently been low in Gympie because of the paralyzing drought.
& # 39; We have been struggling with rain … a few storms have begun to come through, but it is pretty dry up there, & # 39; he said.
The region recorded only half of the winter rain averages this year, with only 78.8 mm in June, July and August.
Persistent dry weather and warm temperatures increased the risk of fire and the region was kept very alert for the bushfire season.
But the dry weather was temporarily put at the head of the people and took away Australia's most famous race.
Despite the second place in the Caulfield Cup, the broad barrier of Vow and Declare had fallen under the strong international contingent in the list of pre-race favoritism.
Even Cr Leitch himself admitted that he did not even expect Vow and Declare to win.
A group of racegoers took part in the festivities in the Gympie Turf Club on Tuesday
The locals of Gympie Turf Club celebrated the big victory in the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday
Owner Paul Lanskey had originally tried to find a buyer for the whole blood when he offered it to the auction in 2017.
The highest bid was for $ 45,000; about $ 15,000 below the asking price.
A defeated Mr. Lanskey decided to take a chance on the horse and offered shares in a syndicate.
Vow and Declare failed to run into a place in his first few runs and skepticism surrounded his ability to race.
& # 39; When he walked into my door, I didn't think he was a Melbourne Cup candidate, & # 39; said trainer Danny O & # 39; Brien.
Vice Mayor Gympie, Bob Leitch (photo), only became co-owner of Vow and coincidentally declared when his wife gave him the title for his 50th birthday
A number of co-owners of Melbourne Cup winning horse Vow and Declare have never owned a racehorse before (photo, jockey Craig Williams with the ultimate prize during the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday)
However, the Vow and Declare fortune changed forever when he defeated Junipal on Oaks Day last year.
& # 39; It wasn't until he won Oaks Day this time last year that we thought, & # 39; wait a minute, we may have something good in our hands here & # 39;, & # 39; Anthony Lanskey said Herald Sun..
O & # 39; Brien described the odds of Vow and Declare against as many foreign runners as & # 39; a bit of a David and Goliath & # 39; fight.
Veteran jockey Craig Williams cut a long-sought win in his 16th attempt at the Melbourne Cup.
& # 39; I don't want to mention everyone in the stable, but with all their hard work we love this horse, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; It was a privilege to ride him today. We had a difficult barrier tie.
& # 39; Great to be associated with a great horse like this horse. & # 39;
Locals in Gympie watched the thoroughbred escape from barrier 21 and brave the opportunity to fly past Prince of Arran, Il Paradiso and Master of Reality (photo, Vow and Declare leading the race on the far right)
RESULTS OF MELBOURNE CUP
1. Vow and explanation
2. Prince of Arran
3. II Paradiso
4. Master of reality
5. Surprise baby
6. Mer de Glace
8. Cross counter
9. Steel Prince
10. Magic wand
11. Twiglight payment
14. Mirage dancer
15. Hunting horn
16. Raymond Tusk
17. The chosen one
19. South of France
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