Cavanough plans to shock
Trainer Brett Cavanough believes The Monstar has what it takes to get over a big weight and a wide draw in Wednesday's $160,000 Listed GDSC Ramornie Handicap (1200m) at Grafton.
The seven-year-old gelding will carry 59.5kg, which would eclipse the 58kg that The Jackal carried to success in 2007, and Cavanough believes his stable star is capable of doing it.
"He's got the same weight he carried when beaten a lip last year and he's won a Group 2 since then so I'm not complaining," Cavanough said.
"History says he can't win it but I failed history at school so we'll have a go. He is what he is - he's a good horse.
"It took a track record to beat him last year and with respect to the other runners, I don't think the race is as strong, top to bottom, as it was last year.
"There's no Peter Snowdens or James Cummings' with multiple runners this year."
The Monstar is 10/1 to win the Ramornie Handicap.
Since finishing second to Calanda in 2017, The Monstar has retained his form for much of the season, only finishing further back than fifth twice in his eight starts.
"He's a proper open handicapper," Cavanough added. "He's got proper Group form, not questionable Group form. He's got Sydney and Melbourne spring form.
"You go back and look at the horses he's been racing against over the past year and he's been competitive for much of it.
"He's finished just behind Redzel, In Her Time, Impending, Le Romain and in Melbourne Rich Charm and Missrock. They're real Group horses."
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