Razor Sharp: The Monstar trainer Brett Cavanough looks for change in weather

SCONE trainer Brett Cavanough is always confident veteran sprinter The Monstar will run a good race.

MUD RUNNER: The Monstar winning the 2016 Razor Sharp with Tommy Berry aboard. Picture: bradleyphotos老域名出售.au

And, like in lastyear’s listed Razor Sharp (1200 metres), thatconfidence will rise with any rain at Randwick on Saturday.

The seven-year-old gelding won the race last year on a soft 7 and has since broken through only once in 10 starts despite ultra-consistent performances at group and listed level.

The Monstar claimed the listed June Stakes this year on a heavy 10 and has run top four seven times in his other nine starts.

Only light rain is forecast for Friday and Saturday but Cavanough was hopeful of more.

“He’s pretty effective on all going but he’s exceptional when it’s knee deep in mud,” Cavanough said.“A couple of his biggest wins have come inthe wet.Hewon the Razor Sharplast year in the wet when Tommy [Berry] was on him. He was going to sit three, four deep on him but pressed ahead and led.

“In the wet you can get away with that and he did that day. Ideally, we’d love an eastern suburb storm to turn up on Saturday.”

Rain or not, The Monstar has remained competitive on all surfaces and isback after a six-week break following his third on a good 3 at group 2 level at Flemington on Derby Day.

Cavanough said The Monstar was in similar shape to this time last year and he expected another strong effort.

“He’s had his runs spaced and obviously we’d love a wet track for him,” he said.

“But we haven’t jammed him every two or three weeks. He’s run top four his last eight runs so he’s in a bit of form.”

He believed the draw in gate two on Wednesday would help in a race that also features Zestful (barrier eight) and Petrossian (15) for Newcastle trainers Kris Lees and Paul Perry respectively.

“He’s a jump-and-run horse so the two gate parks him in the first three or four, whereas normally he’s got to come across and do a bit of work,” Cavanough said.

Also in acceptances for Randwick was the Perry-trained Ragged Rascal in the $500,000 Inglis Nursery (1000m). The Denman colt, which drew barrier 10,is the only race winner in the event.

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