Dazzled by the setting sun, the American jockey briefly stood up in the saddle about 100 metres from the winning post. Desormeaux was quickly back into action on the 4-1 favourite but too late. He failed by just over a length.
Visibly shaken, Desormeaux later told reporters he might have won but for the error. 'I could have won . . . but I don't know . . . I'm just in a panic,' he said. 'I feel very ashamed. I made a big mistake . . . I feel I cannot apologise enough.'
But Hiroshi Kawachi, on Legacy World, felt he would have won anyway. Kawachi's 11-1 chance produced a fine burst of speed in the final 200 metres to take the pounds 914,180 first prize. Japan's Winning Ticket finished third, with German- trained Platini in fourth.
French filly Urban Sea was eighth while British hope White Muzzle faded badly in the home stretch to finish 13th.Reuse content