Caspar Fownes mused on the vagaries of racing after his two runners in the final event yesterday could not have finished more differently. Horace's Choice (Brett Prebble) arrived in time to overhaul Dream Team in the last 50 metres and win the Chun Shek Handicap (1,400m), while Tom's Six collapsed on the track and died as he was pulling up after the race. 'It's just incredible what happens,' said Fownes, who was clearly affected by the death of the seven-year-old. 'Tom's Six had no health problems, sound as a bell, and he falls down dead. Horace's Choice has had all sorts of things wrong with him and he wins the race. 'It's quite amazing - you would never have guessed it,' Fownes added. Nevertheless, he said he took a lot of pleasure in being able to win with Horace's Choice, who had set him some of the toughest tests of his training career. 'We had him on the treadmill a while back and his heart was really struggling. I mean he was really retirement material,' Fownes recalled. 'Horace's Choice always had some real ability and had run some blinders at times, but all his life he has got himself terribly worked up and it has been hard to train him. 'Anyway, we gave him some time and changed a few things and now he's won two of his last three.' Notably, the two wins have been when Horace's Choice has been fresh from a break, but even that wasn't necessarily the key, said the trainer. 'There isn't an easy answer, it's just a case of getting him to turn up relaxed and he can do the job. Today he was relaxed.' Fownes added. 'But whatever happens, he's already done his job, this horse. He wasn't an expensive purchase but that win today gives him over HK$4.7 million in prize money. Nobody can say he owes anyone.' Tom's Six died after rupturing his abdomen, an event that club vets described as extremely rare and impossible to predict. As he fell, jockey Jeff Lloyd suffered an injury to his left ankle and was taken to hospital for X-rays He was later reported to have a sprained ankle and will not ride on Wednesday at Happy Valley.