TRAINER Ron Stubbs will wait until race morning before deciding whether Spunlago will target the Swan Hill Cup on Sunday.
Stubbs' stable star is a last-start Flemington winner and is among the leading chances for the $125,000 feature.
"You are racing for metropolitan prizemoney so it's a tough race," Stubbs said.
"But in saying that, it's a winnable race for him."
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Stubbs said he wouldn't hesitate scratching Spunlago if the track was too chopped up.
"The track is a soft 5 at the moment," he said.
"But my main concern is there will be more than 20 races run on the track before we run.
"Squidensquizz is racing at Swan Hill on Saturday so they will both be in the float.
"I'll have a good look at the track Sunday morning and then make a decision if we run or not."
Spunlago is rated as a $9-chance with Dean Holland booked to ride.
"He has drawn well in 2 so we will have no excuses from there."
Stubbs said although he had tried Spunlago over 2000m, a mile to 1800m was his pet distance.
"I think he is at his best over 1600m to 1800m," he said.
"Over 2000m he has proved competitive without winning."
Spunlago has been racing for almost 12 months without a spell and has notched four wins and three minor placings from 14 starts.
"He has been up for a while but he keeps backing up," he said.
"We are conscience of it and monitor him closely but there is no indication that he needs a spell.
"He had about 10 days in the paddock around Christmas time and he didn't do that well in the paddock.
"So as long as he is happy we will keep poking along."
Spunlago handed Stubbs his first city winner since renewing his trainer's licence around two-years ago.
Stubbs returned to training after a two decade hiatus.
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