Greg Ryan's hopes for Kosciuszko glory at Randwick have unfortunately come up short after a slow start saw the veteran trainer's ride come undone.
Ryan was in the saddle of Ice in Vancouver but was unable to find much fortune on the biggest stage of his career after lagging behind from the onset.
"He never travelled from the word go," Ryan told RACINGNSW.COM following the disappointing performance.
"He was labouring all the way, gave her two cuts of the whip but wasn't happy with the way the horse felt so dropped my hands on him."
"He may have some sort of injury."
An injury may have been the cause of the promising contender's unfortunate run, but the result at the end of the day was the same, with It's Me rocketing into stardom with jockey Jason Collett in the seat.
"She's only had four starts, she just beat some open grade sprinters. She's very smart," Collett said.
"I can't quite tell you how high she'll get to but the way she's going I would like to say Group 1.
"She's the best horse. She hit a few little obstacles into the straight.
"Just had to be patient and once I got her into clear air, I didn't quite see Redouble scooting up on the inside and I just had to ask a bit more of her.''
The lead up to the Kosciuszko was drama filled with It's Me having to pass a vet check when she was found to have some mucus earlier in the week.
Her trainer Brett Cavanough made the shock admission that he'd have scratched the mare if it were up to him but he was glad he didn't and was left to wonder just how good the four-year-old could be.
Will she be back in two weeks for the $7.5m Golden Eagle (1500m) against her own age or in 12 months time will she be trying to conquer The Everest?
Cavanough said he doesn't make decisions on race day and will see how she pulls up, but would like to think by October 2021 she could be on a bigger stage.
"Obviously she's a very good mare. Are you allowed to cry?,'' Cavanough said.
"You see what she did today, she was in trouble, knocked them down, got down, balanced up and got the job done."
Scone-based Cavanough said It's Me's win was a triumph for country racing.
"It's the pinnacle for country trainers,'' he said.
"The city people sent their Group 2 horse down to Albury, good luck to them, they tried, they went close and it didn't work.
"It just goes to show a little country mare got the job done."
Fender, another Cavanough horse in the bout, connects to Gulgong by way of the lucky ticket winning syndicate that sent the horse to Randwick earlier in the year.