Eddie Lai scored a thrilling victory on the gallant Billion Win in the featured TVB Cup - and even a four-meeting suspension and a $30,000 fine for careless riding could not wipe the smile off the jockey's face. And Lai was not the only jockey in the queue outside the stewards' room after racing. Gerald Mosse was also handed a four-meeting ban for careless riding on Bumper Storm in the same race, while Wendyll Woods was given three meetings for the same offence on Universal Glory in the seventh event. The TVB Cup was the most dramatic race of the day, with only two lengths covering the first seven home in the mile feature. Lai had to pull out all the stops to get Billion Win home by a short head from Sun Shine River, but his mount caused serious interference to sixth-placed Shaxi Fortune as he drifted across. Billion Win kept the race after a brief stewards' inquiry, but Lai was suspended for having 'allowed his mount to shift out while riding it along with the whip when not clear of other runners'. The rider, who pleaded guilty, admitted: 'I broke the rules, but I just wanted to win. If I had put down my whip and straightened the horse, I wouldn't have won.' The incident bore similarities to the finish of last week's controversial griffin race, in which the winner, Classic Master, was demoted in favour of runner-up Indubitably Bliss after drifting across the course. But chief stipendiary steward John Schreck said: 'The two cases are as different as black and white. The crucial question is whether the material extent of the interference exceeded the margin between the two horses at the line. Last week, the runner-up made up 1.25 lengths in the last 200 metres and was only beaten a neck, but today Shaxi Fortune finished more than a length behind the winner and wouldn't have beaten him even without the interference.' Lai, who was riding Billion Win for the first time, paid tribute to Gary Ng Ting-keung's gelding. 'He was very brave. I thought I had a good chance. He had a lot of weight, but is a big horse and is able to carry it.' It was Billion Win's eighth victory in 12 starts over the mile, and his third win in five outings this term following his incredible comeback from the suspensory ligament problem which threatened to end his career. Mosse was banned following a nasty-looking incident early in the straight in Billion Win's race. The Frenchman's mount, Bumper Storm, moved out and interfered with Peak Power, who clipped his heels and was severely checked. Woods was suspended for allowing Universal Glory to shift out and cause interference to the favourite, Goldchin Best, about 300 metres out in the seventh race. The three riders will begin their suspensions following Wednesday's meeting at Happy Valley. Lai and Mosse will resume at the Hong Kong Gold Cup meeting on March 3, while Woods will be back at Happy Valley three days earlier.