Brett Cavanough believes the oldest horse in The Kosciuszko at Randwick on Saturday, The Monstar, will prove to be the boldest.
The Scone trainer gave the eight-year-old a break from stable life following his weakening fifth in The Shorts last month and it has revitalised him for the $1.3 million slots race for country horses.
“He went out and did showjumping for 10 days, just to get away from the stable,” Cavanough said. “When he came back he was a different horse. I have had him younger before but I haven’t had him better.
“He came back in last week and had a 900m jumpout and flew, and his last bit of work was very good. To be going into such a big race with him like this is all I could have wanted.”
The Monstar will be asked to lump 60kg under set weights and penalties conditions as a Group 2 winner but is a $4.80 chance on the third line of betting.