Punters back Rose City connection to Cup winner
IT was a win for locally owned horse Vow and Declare, ensuring the crowd at the Warwick RSL won big on Melbourne Cup.
The Australian horse was partially owned by Assumption College principal Kort Goodman and his wife Mandy and that connection encouraged many to take a winning punt today.
The couple were at Flemington to see the glorious moment their horse took the coveted cup.
Barbara Schmoelzer said she'd been let in on the tip during a luncheon at the RSL.
"A lady told me to bet on that horse because it was a local man, there was quite a fuss about it," Mrs Schmoelzer said.
"It's so exciting to see an Aussie horse owned by a Warwick man and father."
Food and beverage manager Trish Roberts said there was a larger number of winners than normal.
"It was absolutely fantastic," Ms Roberts said.
"Everyone was up on their feet and cheering.
"It was the best Melbourne Cup day we've had for years."
Theresa Barrett, who has two children attending Assumption College, said she won both the bet and the sweeps today.
"It was fantastic," she said.
Mrs Schmoelzer said the local man's horse instilled a sense of national pride as they watched the race.
"We all cheered!" she said.
"We're very proud of him because it puts us on the map and gives us a bit of notoriety.
"It shows you can't just waltz in from overseas and take everything like they did previous years."