Mick Malone, the stud manager at Kitchwin Hills Stud in the Upper Hunter said "to win it with a horse off the farm is just crazy!" after a Vow and Declare took out the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup yesterday.
Vow and Declare was a nose in front across the line at Flemington yesterday and ran across the line ahead of Prince of Arran, Il Paradiso, Master of Reality and Surprise Baby.
Stud manager at Kitchwin Hills Mick Malone said you can't wipe the smile off their faces.
"To win it with a horse off the farm is just crazy!"
"You've got to take the wins when they come in this game because it can be a long time between drinks but right now we are in a vein of good fortune,"
"How good id it that an Australian horse has won the Cup, for people who don't realise so much money is spent trying to get a horse to run in the Melbourne Cup let alone win it and this is a horse that was born and bred in our region and an Australian horse and we couldn't be happier to be off our farm, but to draw barrier 21, get across to the rail , stack them up and then shoulder his way out to win it is quite amazing," said Mick Malone.
"He won over 3000 metres in Queensland which shows he is a true stayer and you've got to be a true stayer in Australia to win those races and then they ran quite slow which usually makes it a bit hard for the horse to get home so it made his run a little bit softer although he did draw the outside but it was right on the line and he showed how tough he was,"
"He shouldered the interference away and won and we watched it with about 28 of our staff at the farm who deserve the win as much as anybody, they work so hard and it was a terrific afternoon."
"I had someone ask me this morning is it the best horse to come off Kitchwin or the best race that you've won off the farm and it sort of is in so many ways because we are brought up with the Melbourne Cup in Australia like I remember sitting around the wireless with my mum and dad, so its a race you're brought up with," he said.
The stud is on a winning streak at the moment after The Everest winner Yes Yes Yes and the Redzel Stakes conqueror Pierata who both originated at Kitchwin Hills.
Image credit: Kitchwin Hills Facebook page