Fifteen months of frustration for trainer Brian Smith has been eased with Order Again scoring a strong win at Doomben.
After being slow to jump, Order Again swamped his rivals and beat Time To Torque by two and a quarter lengths in the Moda Events Portside Open Handicap.
Order Again took full advantage of a breakneck early pace to clock 1:17.69, breaking the previous 1350-metre class record which had stood for 14 years.
The gelding was ruling favourite for the 2017 Queensland Derby after winning the Grand Prix Stakes, but he missed the Derby due to chronic foot issues and has had only two runs since.
Smith had a skin cancer removed from his face yesterday but was able to smile enough to declare Order Again's win "unbelievable". He left much of the talking to winning jockey Larry Cassidy, who has a big opinion of the Iffraaj gelding.
"He would have won the Derby had it not been for his bad feet. Brian is a master and to get him back to the races is an outstanding effort," Cassidy said. "He bungled the start because he was probably a bit fresh, but the fast early pace suited him."
Order Again is likely to have one more start in Queensland before heading to the Sydney spring carnival.