Real Solution won the Arlington Million after an enquiry
Last Updated: 18/08/13 1:46pm
Trainer Mike de Kock has admitted that he was fearing the worst as soon as he saw the head-on replay after the Arlington Million.
Real Solution won the 31st running of the famous race after de Kock's The Apache was disqualified and placed second.
The Apache had finished fourth in the Sky Bet York Stakes in July on his first run since Dubai World Cup night but comfortably turned the form around with the re-opposing Grandeur who was sent off favourite for this 10 furlong contest.
Last year's winner Little Mike broke well and was rushed to the head of affairs although Joseph O'Brien was soon harrying for the lead aboard Mull Of Killough.
Little Mike had seen off his challenge at the top of the stretch but was soon enveloped by the chasing pack as The Apache hit the front at the furlong pole.
Real Solution gave chase all the way to the wire but finished a neck adrift of Christophe Soumillon's mount with Side Glance running a fine race for Andrew Balding in third.
However no sooner had the result of the photo been called than an objection by rider Alan Garcia was announced.
Replays showed that The Apache, with Soumillon using his whip in his left hand, came off the rail to bump Real Solution a couple of times before reaching the wire just in front.
"I was watching on the internet at home and when I initially saw it and I saw the head-on I thought 'They will definitely review this race'," de Kock told At The Races on Sunday.
"There was one movement off the fence and then he kept on going, with his stick in the left hand, it definitely unbalances the other horse.
"Would the result have been changed in Britain? Definitely not. [After Sky Lantern] it seems that you can even give the other horse a couple of taps on the nose and get away with it. I understand the idea that the benefit should go to the horse that finishes in front but I'm not so sure. I've lost a Group One in South Africa for half of that amount of interference."
Soumillon said: "We were the better horse, but he got scared by the (racecourse video) screen and shifted out.
"My horse was on the lead and got a little unbalanced - the screen scared him, but we were the best horse."
The stewards took only 10 minutes to reverse the places of the first two home, putting the cap on a fine day for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey who earlier had taken the Grade One Secretariat at Arlington with Admiral Kitten and the Grade One Sword Dancer at Saratoga with Big Blue Kitten.