Luke Sheehan, Racing.Com
Brett Cavanough is in the process of moving his training base from Albury to Scone, with a detour via Toowoomba.
Cavanough was hit hard by the closure of Peter Moody’s stable earlier this year, having broken in horses for the Caulfield trainer in addition to his own training set-up.
The leading NSW country trainer in 2006-07, Cavanough is set to move his base about 750km north-east, which could take another six months to finalise – and in the meantime, he has picked up boxes at Toowoomba.
Cavanough said the weather was a key factor in his temporary move north.
“It was more so the wet weather [than the Albury track renovation] that came in, and meetings getting called off and abandoned,” Cavanough told Racing.com’s Racing Ahead on RSN 927.
“We had 18, 19 two- and three-year-old maideners, and if I didn’t go somewhere and educate and trial them, I was pretty much just running a motel. It was just occupancy.
“We had the staff and the gear, so we loaded up and got some boxes in Toowoomba.”
Impressed by what was on offer at Toowoomba, Cavanough said it could become a seasonal switch.
“It’s probably not permanent for me, but it could be a permanent winter move,” he added.
“It’s fantastic – it’s 600m above sea level.
“We’ve got a synthetic half-mile track to work on. We’ve got a synthetic track to gallop on every day of the week.
“We’ve got two grasses and a sand track and an uphill facility, it’s a pretty good training centre.”
It’s a steep drop in class for The Monstar, who was Stakes-placed in the spring, and beaten only 2.8 lengths in Group 3 company at Rosehill in March.
“The Monstar’s been unlucky,” Cavanough said.
“He’s got form around all those good sprinters in Melbourne.
“He’s his own worst enemy. He’s a bit of an individual.
“He’s a class horse, but they [the handicappers] haven’t missed him either, giving him 59kg.
“He looks well; he hasn’t turned a hair since he’s been here [in Queensland].”