Peter Robl was back in the winners’ circle at Canberra on Sunday in his third race ride since completing a year-long ban.
Robl’s first two rides resulted in second placings on Diamond Start at Canterbury on Saturday and Howie Park at the Canberra meeting.
His fitness was put to the test on the Gratz Vella-trained Dragon Dance as he took him along the rail to fend off Lyceum Fair by a head in the 2000m Benchmark 68.
Robl was outed for 12 months for placing bets via his wife’s TAB account.
Riding honours at Canberra went to veteran Kevin Sweeney with four winners on his home track.
Further south, Jetconi won his second Wodonga Cup (1590m) for trainer Gerald Egan.
The seven-year-old, who was ridden by Jason Benbow, had not won a race since he took out the 2010 Cup with Jarrod Fry aboard.
A year ago he had to survive a protest but there was no doubting the winner on Sunday with Jetconi beating Murdoch’s Joy by two lengths.