JOSH Parr and Jason Collett both believed they were robbed of the Winter Cup after Secessio won a drama-filled race at Rosehill on Saturday.
Parr, who was on favourite Destiny's Kiss, was lucky not to fall after his mount clipped the heels of Sir Bigglesworth at the 250 metre-mark while he was trying to push through a tight gap which had closed while Collett stopped riding Mulaqen following a call from Parr moments earlier.
"I don't know how I stayed on my feet," Parr said.
"I was going to win and it was an absolute tragedy to be beaten.
"It was my desire to stay outside Jason on Mulaqen which would have put me inside Sir Bigglesworth.
"I lined up for the run and then it all just collapsed in front of me and I got Sir Bigglesworth's heels and I was lucky to stay up."
While Destiny's Kiss got pushed out the back of the field following the severe check, Collett was able to get Mulaqen going again and he finished third and was closing in on Secessio and runner-up Hoylonny.
"I got a call from Josh Parr and I had to stop," Collett said.
"It cost me momentum and the race. I was a bit surprised he [Parr] was there."
Stewards conceded there was a run for Parr to make it, "albeit tight", as he switched from Sir Bigglesworth's outside to find a gap between it and Mulaqen on the rail.
Brenton Avdulla said he was "getting calls from everywhere" while Sir Bigglesworth was erratic the whole way up the straight and causing all sorts of problems for the field behind him.
"My horse was in-out, in-out in the straight and I was trying to keep an inward line and keep him as straight as possible," Avdulla said.
Tye Angland, on the eventual winner, got on the outside of Sir Bigglesworth as he and Parr made their runs.
"There was only room for one of one of us on the outside there," Angland said. "So he [Parr] went back to the inside ."