Cranbourne trainer Brian McGrath made the trip from Cranbourne worth his while after claiming the feature sprint at Wodonga yesterday.
McGrath combined with jockey Matthew Allen to win with Inkslinger in the $35,000 Dot Dunstan Sprint (1100m).
Inkslinger ($5.50) had never previously won on a heavy (10).
But the six-year-old gelding had proved more than competitive in heavy going in the past with three minor placings from five attempts.
The Andrew Dale-trained Mojo Music was resuming from a spell and was the punters elect ($2.50-fav).
Mojo Music surged to the lead half-way down the straight out wide on the track to look the likely winner.
But Allen who had given Inkslinger an economical trip back in the field, weaved his way through near the fence to nab Mojo Music late.
McGrath said he wasn't concerned by the heavy track.
"My horse had never won on a heavy track before has run really well previously," McGrath said.
"Matt produced a great ride to cut the corner and find a passage through close to the fence.
"It's a great thrill to win a race on Wodonga Gold Cup day."
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