PREMIER trainer Brett Cavanough appears to have another very smart galloper on his hands after The Monstar maintained his unbeaten record with a stunning win at Albury on Saturday.
Despite tackling older horses, The Monstar scored another incredibly soft and arrogant victory to romp in by 3¼ lengths and justify his short quote of $1.55-favourite.
The three-year-old gelding sat three-wide with cover before unleashing a devastating turn of foot in the home straight and win with plenty in reserve.
The Monstar has now won all three of his career starts.
“He is not doing too much wrong is he?” Cavanough said.
“He has got that ability to relax early and then unleash a devastating sprint which is usually a sign of a pretty smart horse.
“He is running time and winning with a bit of arrogance but I’m in no hurry to head to town with him.
“If you head to town and win a city race their rating goes through the roof and they become a lot harder to place in the country.
“So he will probably follow a similar path to Scatcat and try to win five or six in the bush and then have a break and we will worry about heading to town later on.”
Stablemate Just A Bullet was equally as impressive winning the $15,000 Class One Hcp (1175 metres) to hand Cavanough and apprentice jockey Regan Bayliss a winning double.
Bayliss is the stable apprentice of Peter Moody and made the trek from Melbourne for four rides for Cavanough.
Just A Bullet ($1.40-favourite) also looks a well above average three-year-old in the making with his only defeat in three starts coming at the hands of smart stablemate Scatcat on debut at Albury last month.
The grey colt copped plenty of early pressure but found another gear in the home straight to career away for a 2½-length win over Cash No Receipt ($10).
“He was a bit underdone with almost a month between runs and only about 80 per cent fit,” he said.
“He got carved up early when they decided to take him on in front but it was a promising sign to sit three quarters of a length in front outside the leader and then run away from them in the straight.”