‘Surreal’ Melbourne Cup victory for Warwick horse owner
IT was a dream come true for Assumption College principal Kort Goodman when Vow and Declare won the 2019 Melbourne Cup.
"It felt absolutely surreal," Mr Goodman said.
"I had to pinch myself!"
The Warwick man grew up in a family of racing enthusiasts and said he'd watched the Melbourne Cup every year for as long as he could remember.
"Growing up in south west Queensland and living in Warwick for four years means I've always been around people involved in the racing industry," he said.
"It's just a part of who we are."
Sharing the win with Warwick has been a highlight of Mr Goodman's experience.
"It's great to know that people in the community are getting a bit of enjoyment out of it," he said.
"Warwick and those areas have been struggling so much in drought so I feel proud to be a part of a good news story."
But Mr Goodman said he wasn't surprised to hear of the strong local support.
"I've lived in Warwick for four years and it's always been an incredibly supportive and welcoming community," he said.
"So I wouldn't have expected anything less."
The school principal was one of thirteen owners of Vow and Declare and said the team had been quietly confident despite earlier setbacks.
"On the Thursday of the Melbourne Cup Carnival last year the horse had a little injury which required him to spend a bit of time recovering," Mr Goodman said.
"But Danny O'Brien and his team did a wonderful job handling him and getting him back up to speed.