New Zealand trainer Roger James believes there was insufficient patrol film evidence for stewards to strip He's Remarkable of the Railway Stakes.
He's Remarkable lost the $1 million feature in the stewards room after jockeys Shaun O'Donnell, rider of initial runner-up Luckygray, and Paul Harvey, who was aboard fourth-placed Waratah's Secret, fired in protests alleging indirect and direct interference at the 600m.
Stewards dismissed Harvey's objection but controversially upheld O'Donnell's protest, agreeing that He's Remarkable had shifted out approaching the home turn and his actions had caused interference to several runners.
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy pleaded guilty to careless riding and was banned for 28 days.
Rogers claimed the evidence from the patrol film was inconclusive as to whether He's Remarkable or Big Ted, who was on his horse's outside, were to blame for the severe interference which saw several runners shunted back through the field in a chain reaction.
McEvoy claimed Big Ted shifted in at the same time as he shifted out on He's Remarkable, but when questioned by stewards, Marco Chui denied his horse had shifted any ground.
"It was pretty cutting," James said yesterday. "Everybody in this type of circumstance tries to defend their own bit of territory.
"In this case there was very little evidence to suggest that it was our horse shifting out that caused Waratah's Secret to clip heels.
"I would have thought in a Group 1 race it has to be compelling evidence to take away the race from the winner.
"There was no evidence on the film that showed it was our horse who that horse clipped. They stewards didn't seem to want to know Big Ted shifted in, too.
"Also, the rider of Waratah's Secret was riding hard to hold his position.
"As we know when you are throwing the reins at a horse that horse can go offline itself and maybe he caused his own interference.
"The patrol film quality in other places is much superior to what I saw on Saturday."
He's Remarkable will now fly home for a well-earned rest and be prepared for the Doncaster Handicap (1600m) on April 21.
"I feel sorry for the horse more than anything," James said.
He's Remarkable lost the 2000 Guineas in NZ by a nose after trailing by four lengths when the jockey's whip broke. The winner, Jimmy Choux, won horse of the year in NZ.
The Pentire four-year-old didn't get into the Emirates Stakes but in an earlier race, ran almost identical sectionals to the winner, who carried 6kg less.
Now "he comes here and gets this Group 1 taken off him," James said.
-photo courtesy of adelaidenow.com.au