PART of the syndicate that owns Albury Gold Cup winner Spunlago finally got to celebrate the win last weekend.
Despite winning the cup in late March, the syndicate hadn't been able to get together as a group until last weekend because of social distancing restrictions.
Spunlago caused a boilover in the Albury feature and paid a whopping $58 and $10 the place on the NSW TAB.
Three-time Mitta United premiership coach Phil Packer said Spunlago had proven to be a good money-spinner for his connections.
"We lease Spunlago and have got a 20 per cent share between us," Packer said.
"There is seven of us who are all mates and a few of the guys weren't really in to racing but still got involved.
"I was having a few beers with Dylan O'Neill who was track manager at Wodonga and now Ballarat and he advised me to go in the horse.
"So I rang a few mates and its been a fun ride."
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Packer admitted he wasn't confident that Spunlago could land an upset in the $160,000 feature.
"I only had $100 the place on him but it was still a handy collect," he said.
"A few of the boys had $50 each-way so they had a big win."
Spunlago is the best credentialled stayer in the Riverina and has won more than $450,000.
The eight-year-old boasts the consistent record of 13 wins and 10 minor placings from 58 career starts.
"He is the reigning SDRA Horse of the Year and it was also a huge thrill when he won at Flemington as well last year."