LEADING trainer Brian Cox is optimistic that Bringenbrong can form part of his Wodonga Gold Cup assault in December.
His enthusiasm was buoyed yesterday when Bringenbrong made the six-hour round trip to Kyneton worthwhile with an upset win.
He broke through for his first win in more than 18 months in the $15,000 Benchmark 70 Hcp (1479m).
Ridden by James Winks, Bringenbrong took up the unusual role of leader after jumping well from the inside barrier.
The lightly raced six-year-old was travelling like the winner on the turn and found plenty in the straight to defeat Tilla Bell Rings by a length with Fresh Light third.
Bringenbrong paid more than $27 on the NSW TAB but Cox said the gelding’s performance was no surprise.
“Although he finished unplaced at Benalla last start, I thought it was a good run,” Cox said.
“Craig Newitt got off him and said he pulled too hard and didn’t settle.
“But the horse has got a lot of ability and he showed a glimpse of that today.
“He has had his fair share of issues. It was only one small step today but hopefully a giant leap for the future.”
Cox, who already has 10 Wodonga Cups and three Albury Cups to his name, said he hoped Bringenbrong would measure up and be competitive in his hometown feature on December 1.
“It’s up to the owners but I feel he has got the ability to push on towards a race like the Wodonga Cup,” he said.
Cox attributed the form turnaround of several of his gallopers to schooling them over jumps.
“Bringenbrong, Tool oombilla and Toolangi have been over the jumps in the bull-ring near the stables,” he said.
“It has seemed to sharpen them up — it seems that it helps change their attitude.
“It has been the key behind them finding winning form.
“It doesn’t work for all horses but it has worked wonders for those three.”