Smart three-year-old The Duke said farewell to racing for the season last night in winning style but things didn't exactly turn out as assistant trainer Casper Fownes had intended. Lawrie Fownes retires this year under Jockey Club age retirement rules, and his son and assistant had been priming The Duke for a race on the final day. 'The original plan was to run him at the final meeting as a farewell present for Dad on his last day as a trainer,' Casper said. 'There was a lovely 1,400 metres race on for ratings 90 down to 70, but on Monday this week, the club announced that race was changed to an 85 to 65 race, ruling The Duke out of it. 'So we switched him to this one and he's done the job well. I'm really looking forward to taking over his training myself next season. It's just a terrible shame about the fall in the race behind him there.' Anton Marcus was aboard The Duke for the first leg of his winning double. On the same night as five jockeys came down in a horrifying fall, Shane Dye was incredibly lucky not to come to grief in the fourth race when his mount Best Ever was opening up with what looked to be a winning run. 'There was a huge gap there, not just for one horse but three or four horses,' Dye emphasised. 'Suddenly, there was a shift from the inside and one from the outside and I ran straight into Dwayne Dunn's's horse [Horse Around]. How we didn't fall I'll never know - I was just very lucky.' That stretch of luck continued later in the night when Dye was able to play his signature tune, the last-to-first swoop, on outsider Native Language in the final event, to end a dubious night on a positive note and complete a double for Manfred Man Ka-leung. Chief steward Jamie Stier said an inquiry into Dye's near fall had found a 'combination of circumstances' responsible and the riders involved, namely Douglas Whyte, Felix Coetzee and Dunn, could not be held culpable. A change of stable led to a change of luck for the connections of Danefactor, with the well-bred Danehill gelding winning over 2,200 metres in only his second run for the Derek Cruz stable. Cruz said he'd been convinced the five-year-old was no longer sharp enough to be competitive at around a mile, so he thought last night's Class Three race over 2,200 metres looked made to order. 'Even though he's now eligible for Class Four, I prefer to have him in Class Three where he can race with a lighter weight,' Cruz said. 'He's come a long way down in the handicap and I'm pleased to have won this race with him, but I'm not getting too carried away.'