Top quality horses can produce freakish performances, and Royal Symphony, the favourite for the Caulfield Guineas, showed himself to be out of the top drawer with an extraordinary win on his seasonal reappearance at Flemington on Saturday.
The hitherto unbeaten son of Domesday looked to be pocketed too far back, with nowhere to go and in all sorts of trouble 400 metres from home in the 1400-metre Pin and Win Plate, with jockey Dwayne Dunn preparing himself for the worst.
Dunn's wife Amanda is a part owner of a young galloper and it looked long odds against him being involved in the finish, never mind victorious, as the Adelaide raider Eclair Sunshine booted for home under Regan Bayliss.
But Dunn somehow extricated his mount and managed to galvanise Royal Symphony to the extent that he made up a length-and-a-half in the final 50 metres to overhaul the South Australian runner and to win going away.
"Good horses get you out of trouble," a relieved Dunn said post-race of his partner who he said copped a real buffeting from his rivals shortly after the start because of his slowness to muster speed from the barrier.
"It puts him in a awkward spot, but when you have got the turn of foot that he has, you can get away with it more than some others can.
"On the corner turning in I thought I am in trouble here, I am finished. But lucky I got on the back of Philip Stokes' horse, and it took me into the race and it got me into the clear, otherwise he was in a bit of pain, but we got out of trouble."
Trainer Tony McEvoy said he had consigned himself to defeat until his horse somehow conjured the victory.
"I threw the baby out with the bathwater and everything at the 400. Dwayne kept him balanced and got him out, it was really special," the trainer said.