After missing a start in the Victoria Derby, Vow And Declare has scored a consolation Listed win for connections at Flemington.
The Danny O’Brien-trained three-year-old won the TCL TV Stakes this afternoon, collecting a A$90,000 cheque.
Backed from $26 into $17, Vow And Declare, under strong riding from Damien Oliver, lunged late to defeat Junipal by a half-head. Tavidance finished three and a half lengths behind the first pair in third.
Vow And Declare was the second emergency for last Saturday’s Derby at Flemington and missed a start in the Group One race.
“We were all a bit flat, and because of the way the Derby was run I think he runs in the top three,” O’Brien said. “He’s a very good stayer with big lungs, a big heart.
“Today, when the second horse quickened better than him, I knew our horse would keep coming, knowing what a good stayer he is.”
O’Brien said Vow And Declare would be spelled and set for the Derby races in the autumn. He added that missing last Saturday’s race as a spring three-year-old may prove a blessing.
“Maybe, looking at his career in 18 months’ time, we might be glad we missed the Derby,” he said. “He’s a progressive young horse and he’ll get his chance one day, it just wasn’t on Derby day. He’s a really nice horse and the next 12 to 18 months will be terrific.”