The judge couldn’t split Fascino and La Falaise and posted a dead heat for the Group 2 $300,000 Antler Luggage Fillies Classic (1600m) at The Valley today.
Fascino’s co-trainer Ciaron Maher thought his filly had held on to win but had to quickly call the celebrations to a halt when Henry Dwyer’s La Falaise was also awarded the race.
“I hate dead heats but if I am going to have to dead heat with somebody it is great to dead heat with Henry,” Maher said.
“When the camera man went with me I was off and celebrating and then when I saw the horses go over the line I thought Henry has got it.”
Ben Melham had settled La Falaise in the middle of the nine horse field while Mark Zahra on Fascino only had a couple of fillies behind him at the half way mark.
Zahra circled the field on the home turn and Fascino ($5.50) reached the front half way down the straight but then was joined by La Falaise ($6.50) in the last stride.
The Chris Waller trained Nudge ($5) battled on strongly in the run to the line and was a head away in third place.
The $4.80 favourite Asiago set the pace in the early and middle stages but faded over the concluding stages to finish in eight position.