So close, but yet so far.
Bendigo mare Miss Leonidas narrowly missed out on winning her first Group One race at what was most likely her final start in Sydney on Saturday.
The Shaun Dwyer-trained mare finished second in the Group One Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill.
After starting from barrier one, jockey Billy Egan took Miss Leonidas straight to the front where she travelled strongly.
Miss Leonidas gave a good kick on straightening down the middle of the track and was still in front 50m from the finish line.
However, I Am Excited, with Tim Clark in the saddle, finished strongly on the inside to nail Miss Leonidas on the finish line.
The official margin was a short head.
It was the second time in her past five starts that Miss Leonidas has just missed out in a Group One race.
Last September the five-year-old mare was pipped by Nature Strip in the Group One Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley.
Miss Leonidas has a career record of 19 starts for five wins, seven placings and a tick over $825,000 in prizemoney.
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Meanwhile, Bendigo's Nash Rawiller scored the 61st Group One win of his stunning career in Saturday's George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill.
Rawiller produced a trademark brilliant frontrunning ride to guide Dreamforce to an upset victory in the 1500m feature event that had been won the previous four years by champion mare Winx.
Dreamforce ($12) led from start to finish to hold off The Bostonian ($7) and short-priced favourite Te Akau Shark ($1.95).
Dreamforce's trainer John Thompson praised Rawiller for his ride.
"He (Rawiller) just had him in a nice rhythm today and when he can do that he gives a real good kick," Thompson said.
"Nash said to me before the race 'if I'm travelling well I'll get out into the better going' and when he came out so wide I knew he was confident."
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