The Monstar Wins Gr2 Moreton Cup

Monday, 4th June 2018

At the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, deceased stallion California Dane (Danehill-Stormwinter, by Seattle Slew) added a black-type success when 7YO gelding The Monstar (California Dane-Sirocco Mist, by Brocco) defied all challengers in winning the $175,000 Gr2 Moreton Cup (1200m) over Platinum Angel and Calanda by 0.4 length. The victory took The Monstar's record to 12 wins (including the Listed ATC Razor Sharp Handicap & Listed June Stakes) & 13 placings (including the Listed VRC MSS Security Sprint, Listed Civic Stakes, Listed Ramornie Handicap, Gr2 Missile Stakes and Gr2 TAB Multiplier Stakes) for earnings of $731,140. His ecstatic jockey Skye Bogenhuber commented to news.com.au post race, "I can't believe it. I came here thinking he could win, but never thought it would be that easy," she 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." She added, "I do love [The Monstar]. I got a good association with him at track work when [trainer] Brett [Cavanough] 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."