Longford trainer John Blacker was in shock after his grey mare Glass Warrior won the $250,000 Launceston Cup at Mowbray on Wednesday in the closest finish in memory.
"I can't believe it but we must have won - everyone is cheering," Blacker said.
"I'll have to go watch the replay."
I held it together because I didn't want to look like a fool if I'd been beaten.Jockey Siggy Carr
Glass Warrior ($17), ridden by Siggy Carr, won by a nose from Sh'bourne Renegade ($71) with White Hawk ($61) a nose away third.
Carr said she thought she had won but was too scared to celebrate as she crossed the line in case she was wrong.
"I held it together because I didn't want to look like a fool if I'd been beaten," she said.
Blacker, who now joins his father George, a four-time winner, on the Launceston Cup honour roll, almost couldn't believe his luck as the race unfolded.
"At the winning post with a lap to go, I commented to my partner Penny that we were in a really good position," the trainer said.
"Then, as they reached the 1000m mark, I turned to my old man and said 'we're half a chance here'.
"They must have quickened up before the corner because they left her a bit flat-footed but she finished off really strongly."
Blacker said Glass Warrior was luckless in the Hobart Cup and that had worked in her favour.
"Because she had no luck, she didn't have a hard run and came here today in better condition than she would have done otherwise," he said.
Carr echoed Blacker's sentiments that the race panned out perfectly.
"Everything happened for me," she said. "We got a beautiful run and my horse made it easy for me.
"It got a little bit tight on the turn but she just fought her way through."
Carr thanked Blacker and the owners for their loyalty.
"They could have pulled me off and put someone else on the horse but didn't and we have now achieved something special.
"One of the owners has been extremely sick so hopefully this will give him a boost.
The race produced some huge exotic dividends on the various totes but for punters backing the favoured runners it was a near-disaster.
Barade was heavily backed from $4.60 to $3.00 favourite but, as he did in the Hobart Cup, he got back to last and left his run way too late.
A bumping duel with another runner on the home turn didn't help his cause and he did well to finish fourth beaten 1-1/2 lengths.
He finished alongside the inexperience Supalopo, who ran a bold race, and just in front of Classic Weiwei who worked home steadily from third-last.
The $100,000 cups double bonus went begging as Hobart hero Double You Tee was unwanted in the betting ($2.80 to $4.80) and never looked a chance after being second-last at the 800m.
WAR WAGED AND WON IN 3YO CLASSIC
Trainer Glenn Stevenson will look for a race in Melbourne for War Correspondent after he lumped 59kg to victory in the $50,000 3YO Classic.
Jockey Ismail Toker positioned the gelding in third place on the rail and, after getting an inside run, he dashed clear to score by 2-1/2 lengths.
After opening as long as $3.40 with some of the corporates - clearly an error - War Correspondent was backed in to start $1.75.
He has now won three feature races in a row, after success in the $100,000 3YO Cup and $30,000 Carbine Club Plate and Stevenson believes he has more to offer.
"He's a horse that improves with each run and, dare I say it, there's still a bit of upside this preparation," the trainer said.
"But he's probably finished here so we'll have to go across the ditch and have a look over there."
Stevenson said the race panned out much as he expected but admitted he was "a little concerned" when War Correspondent was pocketed coming to the home turn.