Winning Melbourne Cup jockey Craig Williams admits that & # 39; hassle-free & # 39; riding a rival jockey helped him win.
Frankie Dettori & # 39; s horse Master Of Reality failed to straighten the final meters of the race, squeeze other runners and prevent them from pushing to the line.
But Williams said the interference that demoted Dettori to fourth place even helped him win the cup by blocking other challengers.
Williams, clearly emotional after claiming his first Melbourne Cup after 15 attempts, dedicated the victory to those who had trained his winning horse back in stables
& # 39; Yes, I would say that, I watched the race a few times last night and … look at Frankie & # 39; s one of & # 39; "The world's best jockeys and he has a great resume but he doesn't have the Melbourne Cup," he said on 2GB radio on Wednesday morning.
Vow and Declare's trainer, Danny O & Brien, said that although his horse was squeezed, it really encouraged him.
& # 39; I told Craig it was a bit willing at the post, Craig actually said it helped because he arrived a bit quick and that pressure made him through again, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; When I saw it live, I thought they had gone past my horse and that he would be third or fourth.
& # 39; But he has found something in the last 50 meters and put his head straight on the line in front of us. & # 39;
Jockey Frankie Dettori (above) was punished for obstructing the point of the fourth placed Il Paradiso
Dettori pleaded guilty of careless driving after stewards objected to interference between the first number two and the fourth, Il Paradiso.
Master Of Reality was relegated to fourth place in the rankings and costs $ 750,000 in prize money, and Dettori was beaten with a suspension of nine meetings.
Dettori & # 39; s only reaction to his 17th Melbourne Cup loss and the stewards' investigation was & # 39; I want to cry & # 39 ;.
Williams also said that animal rights protesters do not understand how much everyone involved in racing loves their horses.
Hours after guiding the Australian gelding Vow and declaring victory, the experienced rider asked them to look at the exemplary care that race horses receive.
Protesters gathered again outside the Flemington Racecourse to shout abuse at gamblers as they entered while others complained on social media.
Williams understood that people had different opinions on the subject, but said they needed to be informed by how the industry actually works.
& # 39; I'm not here to tell people how to think, my wife taught me that every coin always has two sides, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; I just hope they hear the great stories and see the love and attention and dedication that people in our industry have for the thoroughbreds. & # 39;
Williams said that horses like Vow and Declare & # 39; the heroes & # 39; of the event and riders were great & # 39; horse athletes & # 39; needed to be successful.
& # 39; Racing is a $ 500 million industry … the people involved love their horses as one of their children, & # 39; he said.
Williams (pictured celebrating with his family on Tuesday) claimed his first win in the Melbourne Cup after 15 attempts to claim the famous race without success
& # 39; If they are a bit undecided about everything, please go outside and see the horse's routine.
& # 39; They are cared for every day, they have a doctor, a dentist, physicians every day. They have just received the best care in the world for an equestrian. & # 39;
Williams said that many of the demonstrators' misunderstandings were that people in the modern world had limited contact with horses.
& # 39; In the days of my grandfather, horses were used as a means of transport, so that everyone had a horse or understanding of horses, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; Today, not many people understand horses that they are 500 kg, they do not have skin like us. & # 39;
Animal rights protesters gathered again outside the Flemington racecourse to shout abuse at gamblers as they entered while others complained on social media
A Noosa bred thoroughbred, Vow and Declare was offered to the cousin of the horse breeder Paul Lanskey – who originally did not find a buyer who wanted to dump the $ 60,000 reserve at an auction.
Williams, clearly emotional after claiming his first Melbourne Cup after 15 attempts, dedicated the victory to those who had trained his winning horse back in stables.
& # 39; I don't want to mention everyone in the stable, but with all their hard work we love this horse, & # 39; he said moments after the race.
& # 39; Thank you so much guys. It was a privilege to ride him today. We had a difficult barrier tie.
& # 39; We know what we can do. Great to be associated with a great horse like this horse. & # 39;
Williams' victory means he won the & # 39; Grad Slam & # 39; of the great races of Australia, after having already caught a Caulfield Cup, Golden Slipper and Cox Plate.
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