Camden resident still 'over the moon' with Melbourne Cup win

It's fair to say Geoff Corrigan is still on cloud nine.

The Camden resident, former mayor and former Labor MP is still in shock that his horse, Vow and Declare, won this year's Melbourne Cup.

The Australian-bred horse won the race that stops the nation by a nose on Tuesday.

Mr Corrigan said it was exciting to be there in person to see it.

"Going into the race Danny (O'Brien - the horse's trainer) said he thought we would finish inside the top four," he said.

"We knew he could stay the distance we just never expected him to do so well.

"Four hundred metres is a long way and Vow probably pulled ahead a little too quickly over the last 200 metres or so but that little bump from the horse in second place pushed him on a bit I think."

Mr Corrigan said watching Vow and Declare take the inside run for a photo finish was "not good for the blood pressure".

"It was nail-biting and emotional - I think we all described it as surreal afterwards," he said.

"My son was jumping up and down. It was amazing to watch from the owners' grandstand."

Vow and Declare had notched up an impressive race record before taking to the Flemington track for the country's biggest race.

"When you buy a horse you just sort of hope that they can manage a couple of wins," Mr Corrigan said.

"You never expect them to win the biggest race in Australia.

"It makes it extra special that Vow was bred, born and raised here."

When Mr Corrigan makes his way back home to Camden he hopes to bring one very important item with him.

"I want bring the cup to town for locals to see," he said.

"I plan on working with a local business to have people come and see the cup while supporting a charity."

Mr Corrigan said this was the first time, to his knowledge, that the Melbourne Cup would ever come to Camden.

"A lot of people have said to me that we've never had a local who owned a horse that has qualified for the cup let alone who has owned a Melbourne Cup winner," he said.

"I think a lot of people will be very excited to see it."

Many Macarthur residents and politicians took to Facebook to congratulate the former Labor politician.

Debbie Roberts posted her celebrations.

"Congratulations Geoff Corrigan! I'm also a winner today," she said.

Brianna Thurston posted her well wishes to Corrigan and his family.

"Wow wow wow! Congratulations Geoff Corrigan and Sue!!" she wrote.

"What an amazing achievement to not only get Vow and Declare into the cup but to go on and win it!"

Keira MP Ryan Park took to Facebook hours before the race to wish his former Labor colleague luck.

"Good luck to Geoff Corrigan and his family who are owners of Vow and Declare," he posted.

"Geoff was a great Labor MP and I hope he can be just as successful in today's race that stops the nation! Get on it!"