Cavanough rates The Monstar

11 May 2018 06:05:13 EST

Trainer Brett Cavanough has high hopes for The Monstar at the Scone Carnival as he prepares to race in the Listed Luskin Star Stakes (1300m) on Saturday.

The Monstar, 22/1 to win the Lister Luskin Star Stakes, finished right on the heels of some of the best horses in the country before being sent for a spell, and Cavanough believes his seven-year-old is poised to strike on his return.

"The Monstar is probably my best chance, he's fit and well and he's the class horse," Cavanough said.

"He's definitely got the form to win a race like this, you read some of the names in his form - In Her Time, Redzel - he's been racing against the best.

"I've got it in my head that he wants 1400m but last preparation we didn't want to wreck a good thing because he kept being placed 1000m to 1200m and we just kept hanging in there.

"Maybe we should have tried him over a bit further sooner but we'll go 1300m and see how he goes, I'm thinking he will go awesome."

The son of California Dane was due to return at Hawkesbury in the Listed Gold Rush (1100m) but Cavanough elected to scratch given the firm ground.

"I was pretty happy with the way The Monstar had been working in the lead up to the Hawkesbury meeting and then they presented a Good (3)," he added.

"I spoke to a couple of trainers there and they told me it was going to be quite firm so I just didn't want to risk him first-up on a hard track.

"The track at Scone at the moment is probably a soft (5) - they've been putting a lot of water into it, so it'll be in pretty good nick and it is supposed to be a pretty cool day so I don't think it will dry out too much."

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