In one of the most dramatic races in Sydney Cup history Stand To Gain has claimed victory as the race emergency.
On a very wet Sydney day the track was rated a Heavy 10 and the field was strung out at a decent pace for most of the trip.
As they rounded the bend however an improving Hawk Island came to grief when Tinseltown fell in front of it.
Both horses came down in a tangled mess and the two jockeys fell very heavily.
Kerrin McEvoy was knocked out upon impact and was taken to nearby St Vincent’s Hospital.
Glyn Schofield on race favourite Hawk Island also came down head first and broke his collarbone in a very nasty looking incident.
Both horses returned to their feet immediately and showed no signs of injury as they resumed running around the course.
Even with one of the main contenders out of the running the contest was still hardly fought down the main straight with Stand To Gain handling the heavy ground the best.
He had earlier missed the start by more than two lengths and was a long way behind the unlikely Solid Billing which broke from the front at an electric pace.
At one stage Solid Billing was ahead by at least five lengths with a bold race plan by connections to try and steal a Group 1 win.
When they turned for home his lead had been cut though and the runs came from deeper in the pack.
C’est La Guerre looked the winner for all money half way home but hit the wall in the final 200m to fall right out of contention and finish fourth.
That’s where Stand To Gain ran on the strongest ahead of a fast finishing Older Than Time and the battling Solid Billing with one of the gutsiest runs of the Autumn Carnival.
It was a huge paying trifecta with Stand To Gain around the $30 mark for the win and Solid Billing in double figures for the place after jumping at 60 to 1.