Wet track specialist The Monstar scored an overdue all the way win in the Group 2 $175,000 Moreton Cup (1200m) at the Sunshine Coast last Saturday.
The Monstar was very much at home on the soft 6 rated Sunshine Coast track and showed plenty of determination to hold off the final attacks of Platinum Angel and Calanda to record his twelfth overall win and his ninth on a rain affected track.
Winning jockey Skye Bogenhuber was able to chalk up her first Group 2 success on the Brett Cavanough trained seven year old who hadn’t visited the winner’s stall since winning the Listed $150,000 June Stakes at Randwick twelve months ago.
“I can’t believe it. I came here thinking he could win, but never thought it would be that easy,” Bogenhuber said.
“It’s my first ever Group ride. I’ve won a Weetwood (Miss Imagica) and Cup (Bang On) at Toowoomba, I’ve ridden in a couple of Listed races in Brisbane, but never had the opportunity to get a Group ride, let alone a good ride like that.
“Brett rang last week before nominations and said there was a possibility he would bring it up. He wanted to see if it was going to be a wet track and I just said ‘I’m in.’ I said I don’t care if he’s only a 50 per cent chance of running. I will ride him.
“Luckily it was pretty soft all week.
“I do love him. I got a good association with him at track work when Brett moved up and had a satellite stable at Toowoomba.
“He’s a quirky horse, but the more I got to know him, the more I loved him. I love how tough he is.
“He’s such a genuine horse. A lot of old horses can get a bit cunning and don’t want to do it anymore, but he’s so mad and so tough! He’s a pleasure to ride.”
The Monstar was sent out as one of the fancies at $5 for the Moreton Cup and was able to hold on by a l0ng neck to claim victory over the $4.20 equal favourite Platinum Angel with Calanda ($7.50) a nose away in third position.
The Darren Weir trained Handsome Thief was the other equal favourite but was always near the tail of the field before finishing seventh.