Kyneton-trained Kerioth was slowly away but flew home to win over 1100m at Geelong on Saturday.
Kerioth was sent out as favourite despite having not raced since May 10, but a recent impressive jump out performance at Avoca showed the four-year-old was primed to run well first-up.
Trained by George Osborne, Kerioth went into racing folklore for winning the farcial “no race” at Avoca last year.
At Avoca the race was run over 1200m, instead of 1100m, when the barrier stalls were in the incorrect position, triggering a Racing Victoria inquiry.
Prizemoney was eventually ordered to be paid to the connections of the winner and other runners in the “no race”, and Kerioth went on to win a legitimate maiden at Geelong on November 6 last year.
Ridden by Neil Farley, the grey galloper came with a withering run to score narrowly, with less than a length between the first five in the blanket finish.