Gelding gets his chance

Craig Newitt wins on Bringenbrong at Wodonga.
Craig Newitt wins on Bringenbrong at Wodonga.

HANDY middle distance performer Bringenbrong will chase a well-deserved city win at Moonee Valley tomorrow night.

The Brian Cox-trained galloper has gone to another level this preparation and scored the biggest victory of his career in the feature sprint on Wodonga Cup day with Craig Newitt aboard.

The six-year-old gelding then finished runner-up at Moonee Valley before running sixth at Flemington at his most recent start, on January 11 over 1600 metres.

Bringenbrong drops in grade in the $35,000 0-78 Handicap in his first trip over 2000 metres. Newitt will again ride him.

“He is fit enough to run a strong 2000 metres so, hopefully, he can get his fair share of luck in running,” Cox said.

“I’m happy with what the horse has done and he deserves another shot at winning in the city.

“He didn’t have a lot of luck last start and probably should have finished a bit closer to the winner than he did.”

Bringenbrong is quoted a $7 chance in Sportsbet fixed-odds markets and has drawn barrier six in the field of 11 runners.

Stablemates Hot Ruby, Grassini and Chinzia have also accepted for races on the eight-race card.

In what looks a busy weekend for the stable, Cox also has Bay Of Biscay, Menarka, Front Pew, Club Zero, My Buddy Ripper, Chase Me and Looksmart racing at tomorrow’s twilight meeting at Albury.

Polish Rose and Columbus will also contest races at the Healesville Picnic meeting the following day.

Polish Rose recently won at the Dederang Picnics, before running fourth at the Yea Picnics on Saturday.

“You have to place your horses where you think they are best suited,” Cox said.

Stable star Sumakaray is back in work at part-owner Ray Matthews’ Romsey property near Kilmore.

The four-year-old mare is expected to arrive at Cox’s stable in about three weeks and could target one of the feature races over the two-day Albury carnival, starting on March 27.