SMART sprinter The Monstar climbed off the canvas to enhance his growing reputation with a hard-fought win at Albury yesterday.
Starting as the $1.60 favourite, the Brett Cavanough-trained gelding looked more like a 20-1 chance when outsider Tramuntana loomed up outside him at the 200-metre mark.
But The Monstar responded under the urgings of jockey Jake Duffy and showed plenty of fight to win by a neck from Tramuntana ($16) with Club Zero ($10) third.
The Monstar has now won four of his six career starts in his first preparation.
“He didn’t win by much but got the job done nevertheless,” Cavanough said.
“The horse is a bit of a knucklehead and is well named because he can do a fair bit wrong in his races.
“He led today after he began so well but I think he is a lot better horse when ridden with a sit.
“He will now head to the Flat Knacker on Albury Gold Cup Day and looks to be my best chance in the race.”
Cavanough said he was disappointed with the performance of stablemate Bossdon City who finished fifth.