Lord Magnussen left it until late but got the job done in Armidale at Tuesday's meet.
Jockey Jodi Worley and trainer Paul Grills teamed up once again for the win with the five-year-old gelding making it to the line in the nick of time, edging in front by a whisker with a dead heat for second.
Worley, who rides trackwork for the Black Mountain-based trainer in Glen Innes, told Sky Racing after the event she expected he'd go close to winning with an inside barrier.
"He just got beat here last time around in 1100 which was a massive run," she said after the 1300 metre Benchmark 58.
"I knew he drew a gate that was just a little bit closer and he needed a bit of luck down here."
Grills was the only local who scored a win on the day with the rest all travellers.
Gosford-based Tony Newing claimed the prizemoney first up with Matt McGuren piloting Loburn Lass to the win in the Fillies and Maiden Handicap over 1300 metres.
Jockey Luke Rolls bagged the first of his two winners for the day aboard Jeremy Sylvester's Warphil in the Colts, Geldings and Entires Maiden.
Battle Guardian was successful for Inverell trainer Mark Stewart in the Class 1 and Maiden over 1900m.
Rolls and Sylvester then teamed up again to win the 1100m Maiden Plate with Sportsman.
The Armidale track has proved to be a successful one for Mel O'Gorman's Tools Down who took out the 1100m Class 1 Handicap.
Mikayla Weir guided Scott Thompson's Invincible Bot around the outside to snare the triumph in the 1100m Benchmark 58.
Brett Dodson's Full Press won the 1400m Class 2 by nearly two lengths before Lord Magnussen rounded out the day's winner.
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