Vow And Declare confirmed himself as a stayer with significant potential when seeing out the 3000-metre trip in fine fashion to secure a first Group 3 success in the Tattersall’s Cup at Eagle Farm yesterday.
Trained by Danny O’Brien, the three-year-old only succumbed by three quarters of a length to Mr Quickie in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) a fortnight ago and he built on that form by relishing yesterday’s stamina-sapping test, easing 3-1/4 lengths clear of the opposition under Glen Boss – who stood up on his mount close home.
Returning the $3 favourite, Vow And Declare – a winner of the TCL TV Stakes at Flemington last November – quickened away from the Kris Lees-trained Big Duke, while there was a further length and a quarter back to Our Libretto in third.
Boss was plentiful in his praise of Vow And Declare in the post-race debrief, naturally so given the ease of this victory, with the winning rider having bided his time in midfield before easing deep into the bend to challenge, the result never being in doubt thereafter.
“He’s got a great set of lungs this horse. After the race I was blowing harder than him,” Boss said.
“It’s hard to know what the ceiling is with these horses. Danny’s had a massive wrap on him and when they changed this race from 2200 metres to 3000 metres it gave him the opportunity to run in it instead of going to the paddock.”
Part-owner Geoff Corrigan is now plotting an audacious path to the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) on the first Tuesday in November with Vow And Declare.