Albury sprinter The Monstar set for city debut

PROMISING sprinter The Monstar will debut against city company at Moonee Valley tomorrow night.

The three-year-old, trained at Albury by Brett Cavanough, has been allocated the top weight in race five.

Cavanough said the 955-metre sprint, worth $55,000, looked ideal for a talented gelding which has been beaten just once in four starts.

“We’ve been waiting for the right race,” he said.

“He jarred up a bit at Wagga last start so we gave him a freshen up.

“This is his age group and about his rating, so it’s up to how well he handles the handicappers now.

“He’s been working well and we’ve kept him fresh.”

Cavanough has taken a contingent of his best horses down the highway.

Game Of Shadows and Zaripova both look well-placed in races at Seymour today, while Ted Ryder Cup winner Prince Pedro will be out to make amends at Caulfield on Saturday.

The five-year-old ran last at Flemington on New Year’s Day.

“He looks like an 80-rating horse who will only win when it’s his turn,” Cavanough said.

“He’ll need a bit of a luck.”

Meanwhile, Silk Pins looks more than likely to run at the Valley tomorrow night, despite accepting for Caulfield as well.

“I think we’ll probably go the softer track at the Valley,” Cavanough said.

“She’s run a place in a group 1 before she came to me.”

Meanwhile, Wodonga-trained six-year-old Bringenbrong will have to overcome a wide gate to be any chance in the last at Caulfield on Saturday.

Vlad Duric has been booked to ride the consistent Brian Cox-trained galloper from barrier 13.

Bringenbrong has run sixth and second in his last two starts at Flemington and Moonee Valley respectively.

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