Horsham trainer Paul Preusker fell agonisingly short of winning back-to-back Werribee Cups, with Sentimentalist edged out in the final stride of the $125,000 race.
The six-year-old led with 400 metres to go, but despite jockey Declan Bates' best efforts, was left to accept second place, after a late charge from Maddie Raymond-trained Wentwood.
Preusker won the Werribee Cup last year with Rupture - who sadly is unlikely to race again after suffering a serious suspensory injury earlier this year.
Sunday's Cup run continues a good patch of form for Sentimentalist, who came fourth in last month's $125,000 Suez McKellar Mile.
The gelding joined Preusker's stables midway through this year, having previously run for Stawell-trainer Mark Pegus and the since-disqualified Terry O'Sullivan.
Sentimentalist delivered Pegus his first professional win as a trainer at the Stawell Cup earlier this year.
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