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It's been a while coming, almost two years in fact since PLATINUM JACK won a race ... and that race was run in Queensland.

The well-travelled son of Platinum Scissors has found a new zest for racing since his race tactics were reviewed by his ever-thinking trainer.

His last two starts has seen "JACK" bowl along in a forward position and then adopt a catch-meif-you-can attitude.

After going down by the narrowest of margins at Gosford a month earlier Scott gave the horse a freshen up and knowing his charge's liking for good tracks headed up the Pacific Highway to Grafton to take part in the first day of the Clarence River Jockey Club's two day carnival ... the result, a win for PLATINUM JACK.

It was race two of the day, a 2200 metre event, PLATINUM JACK had to carry 57.5 kg and he'd drawn the outside barrier (10). Christian Reith who had made the trip up to Grafton, was to ride along with several others including Barbed in the Ramornie for Godolphin's trainer, John O'Shea.

From the start it was Christian's intention to get PLATINUM JACK, the $4.40 second favourite, into a forward position, his wide barrier made the task a little difficult. The jockey had his horse up and running early and gradually, without to much pressure, hit the front at the winning post first time around, travelling comfortably with a couple of lengths to the second horse.

It was status quo until the 1050 metre mark when a move came from well back in the field, the roughie Lady With Spurs ($41) ridden by legend jockey Robert Thompson rushed around the field and took over the role of frontrunner.

Christian kept his cool, maintaining his pace and when Lady With Spurs was given a breather, PLATINUM JACK still in his rhythm took control of the lead again 600 metres from home.

Rounding the home turn, it was on, the combination of rider and horse, increased the speed and put a three length gap on the field.

With his horse travelling strongly Christian kept his mind on the job and the duo sailed past the winning post two and a half lengths clear of Harbor Springs with a clump of horses battling out third place.

The time for the race was 2:16.86 with the winner covered the last 600 metres in a smart 34.52.

It was great to see the six-year-old, one of the stable favourites, win again and also great for the owners ... congratulations and here's wishing you yet another win in the not too distant future.

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