Top performer faces Monstar of a challenge

PREMIER trainer Brett Cavanough is reluctant to split talented stablemates Bossdon City and The Monstar ahead of their mouthwatering clash at Albury today.

The $15,000 Benchmark 70 Handicap (1000 metres) will see proven performer and Flat Knacker winner Bossdon City pitted against promising three-year-old The Monstar who has created a big impression in winning three of his five career starts.

Sportsbet is firmly in the corner of The Monstar who is quoted as the early $1.60-favourite in fixed-odds markets ahead of Bossdon City at $4.40.

Cavanough is not so sure.

“Bossdon City is a good horse with a good horses’ weight in 62 kilograms,” Cavanough said.

“The Monstar is a smart young horse on the way up.

“But it is far from a two-horse race with a couple of other old proven performers in it, including Simmo who is also a former Flat Knacker winner.

“It’s a shame it’s not a Saturday meeting with a big crowd on hand.”

Bossdon City resumes from a 28-week spell and is a winner of close to $120,000 in prizemoney.

The six-year-gelding has a lethal fresh record with three of his six wins first-up from a spell.

The Monstar stamped himself as a promising horse in the making winning his first three starts before stepping-up to 1200 metres for the first time at Wagga, only to be nabbed right on the line.

Last start the son of California Dane finished seventh in his first attempt in city company at Moonee Valley after being held-up for a run in the home straight.

“There wasn’t too much wrong with his Moonee Valley run,” Cavanough said.

“He got bailed up on the fence and he has never been cluttered up before and there was a few things went wrong.”

Cavanough revealed today’s race might only be an entree to the Flat Knacker which could see Bossdon City, The Monstar, Just A Bullet and Scatcat clash in what would be one of biggest highlights on the Southern District racing calendar.

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