EIDSVOLD trainer Bob Murray had thought he'd seen enough after the start of the $7000 Benchmark 65 (1090m) at Thabeban Park when Honour Jacko ($6.00) fell 15 lengths behind the leaders.
As he turned his back on the race and started to walk back to the stables Murray heard the track announcer's voice raise and it wasn't long before Murray took his place back on the fence.
Jockey Shaun Bayliss turned in the ride of the day to storm home on the rail to beat pre-race favourite Outback Lightning ($3.50) by 0.1 lengths with Kbengal ($10.00) a further 2.4 lengths back.
Murray said Honour Jacko's performance wasn't out of the ordinary and the eight-year-old bay gelding had the habit of starting slowly and making his way through the field.
The win at Thabeban Park took Honour Jacko's record to 57 races for seven wins, six seconds and nine thirds.
Murray will have the two horses he is training, Honour Jacko and Funny Fellow, in action at home in two weeks time and he said he was looking forward to the rare chance to race in Eidsvold.
In the Maiden (850m) the Bevan Johnson-trained Copper Thief ($3.20) bolted clear of the field to win by 4.5 lengths ahead of Hazzel Monique ($10.00) with Monto's Lass ($4.20) in third. It was Copper Thief's breakthrough win from 13 previous starts.
Bundaberg trainer Darryl Gardiner was in the winner's circle again with El Supremo showing his class in the Open Handicap (1212m). El Supremo ($3.00) was too good for Jam Tin ($6.00) and won by 1.3 lengths while Schoorwin ($2.50) was a further 2.3 lengths back.
Enough is Enough ($3.00) won the Benchmark 55 (1212m), beating Pagoh ($7.00) by 0.2 lengths with outsider Bradbury's Quest ($21.00) finishing third.
In the last race of the day Shinkashu ($11.00) beat Epic Miss ($4.00) and Mr Del Toro ($2.00).