NASH Rawiller has ridden the highs and lows of racing for two decades.
Melbourne Cup Day, 2013, is not a day Rawiller will remember fondly.
The Bendigo-raised hoop watched on as Fiorente, the horse he thought would give him his first Melbourne Cup win, strode to victory in the great race with Damien Oliver on its back.
Rawiller rode Fiorente three times earlier this spring, including a win in the Group Two Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) and an unlucky fourth in the Group One Turnbull Stakes (2000m).
To most people Rawiller hadn't done anything wrong, but after the Turnbull Stakes run Rawiller was told by trainer Gai Waterhouse he would be replaced by Oliver.
To Oliver's credit he thanked Rawiller in his post-Cup speech.
"I need to thank Nash Rawiller and Blake Shinn (rider in Cox Plate when third) for their part in getting this horse to the post today - thank you boys," Oliver said.
Earlier, Rawiller endured a difficult ride on Opinion when his saddle slipped shortly after the start of the Carnival Handicap and he lost his irons.
"It's still a bit of a sore point," Rawiller quipped when asked about what had gone wrong aboard Opinion.
"I lost my irons coming out of the gates when he jumped a bit awkwardly.
"After 50 yards my saddle slipped right around his guts and made it impossible to get my irons back."
The mishap put paid to the chances of Opinion but Rawiller showed no long-term ill effects from the incident with his victory in the Schweppes #flemingtonfling (1000m) aboard Bernabeu ($13).