BRETT KOHLHAGEN, The Border Mail
BRETT Cavanough called on one of his grandfather’s training tactics to help The Monstar to victory at Randwick on Saturday.
Cavanough befriended The Monstar with a goat a month ago with the pair travelling together in a float from Albury to Sydney.
“My grandfather used to do it a lot with horses,” Cavanough said.
“Gerald the Goat went up with him.
He’s been threatening to win one of those. It was a really good run- Albury trainer Brett Cavanough
“It’s a form of distraction and it seemed to work pretty well at the weekend.
“A lot of stables have goats.”
The win was The Monstar’s eighth from 13 starts on soft tracks with Cavanough saying the $15-chance thrived in the conditions.
“He’s been threatening to win one of those. It was a really good run,” Cavanough said.
“Last year his spring run and autumn campaign was hit by hard tracks but he got the track to suit on Saturday.
“We’ve just been waiting for it.
“He’s a good old-style horse who rarely runs a bad race.
“We’re deep into preparation and he’s been to Mars and back as I’ve taken him everywhere from Queensland to Melbourne to Sydney.
“He travels just everywhere.”
Ridden by Tom Berry after Richard Bensley couldn’t fulfil his obligation due to illness, The Monstar charged home to edge out Sirbible by three-quarters of a length in the 1200-metre race.
It was his 10th victory from 33 starts.