Vow And Declare

Vow And Declare (Image: Racing Photos)

Vow And Declare wins Lexus Melbourne Cup

It's a local Lexus Melbourne Cup after the Danny O'Brien-trained Vow And Declare kicked back to win the $8 million race at Flemington on Tuesday.

Ridden by Craig Williams, who had never won the race in 16 attempts, Vow And Declare led early and was tackled in the home straight before kicking back to score from Master Of Reality, with Prince Of Arran again finishing third as he did last year.

O'Brien paid tribute to Williams' ride as he did not know his horse would lead in the race and said Williams' decision was 'the winning move'.

While it was a triumph for Williams, it was another close miss for the world's best jockey Frankie Dettori, who finished second in the race for the third time.

WATCH: Vow And Declare's win