Love Island star Chris Hughes steered Carnageo into fifth place on his first ride in public in the Best Western Hotels & Macmillan Ride of their Lives charity race at York.
The popular celebrity brought his mount, trained by Richard Fahey, to challenge in the final quarter-mile of the nine-furlong contest but Carnageo could not quicken enough to get into contention.
A dead-heat for first place was called after a thrilling finish.
The spoils were shared by Sarah Fanning, wife of top Flat jockey Joe Fanning, on the Mark Johnston-trained X Rated and Brian Ellison’s charge Apterix, ridden by Chris Brownless.
Hughes said: “I missed the break and straight away I knew it was going to be a tall order as the plan was to be on the front end.
“The ground was too quick for him, really. Ideally we could have done with the rain coming a few hours earlier.
“I worked my way back into it, but with about two furlongs to run I knew I wasn’t going to win.”
When asked if he ride in public again, Hughes said: “Without a doubt. It’s been a thoroughly enjoyable experience.”