A quick back up proved to be no obstacle as Spunlago secured a hometown win in the Albury Cup Cup on Friday.
Mathew Cahill enhanced his reputation as the most successful jockey in the feature race history after combining with Ron Stubbs with the $58 chance.
Almost two decades after his first win in the listed feature, Stubbs beame the first Albury trainer to win his hometown feature since Brett Cavanough saluted with Niblick in 2013.
Spunlago had never won over 2000m from three previous attempts but in a training masterstroke by Stubbs, Spunlago responded after finishing at the tail of the field at Caulfield.
Stubbs said Spunlago relished the quick back-up and was rock-hard fit for the cup.
"People query his 2000m form but I thought he run a nice race in the Canberra Cup last year when seventh," Stubbs said. "The biggest query probably was if he was going as good as he was 12 months ago.
"We are lucky to have the horse and that's his 13th win from just over 50 starts.
"He was probably at the crossroads today because it is so hard to find winnable races for him with his rating.
"It's a catch 22 because he is below the top class in the city and the only races he is eligible for in the country is these country cups."
However Spunlago wasn't the biggest priced winner on the card, with that honour going to Trevor Sutherland's Demanding Mo in the Albury Guineas.
Ridden by apprentice jockey Ellen Hennessy, Demanding Mo paid a whopping $176 on the NSW TAB.