A dazzling display at the Cambridge workouts has Greg Hope confident that Monbet is back in the zone ahead of Saturday’s 2YO Ruby at Cambridge.
“He trialled super, trotted well, and handled the bends superbly,” said Hope.
“Judging by his trial I think he is as good as I have ever had him,” he enthused. “His bloods were out last start but we had bloods taken from him yesterday and the vet said that they were absolutely perfect,” he advised.
Monbet has drawn well in barrier four and Hope says he has good gate speed if May wishes to use it.
“It’s there if Ricky (May) wants it,” said Hope. “He has drawn wide in most of his starts so Ricky has decided to go back on him but he may well choose to do otherwise on Saturday.”
But while Hope is confident he has the two-year-old son of Love You right where he wants him ahead of Saturday’s 1.2 million-dollar raceway, he isn’t getting too carried away.
“You can never be too bullish when there are three Purdon-Rasmussen trained runners that are all in good form in the race, but we are confident he will be very competitive,” said Hope, who trains the gelding in partnership with his wife Nina.
And while Monbet may very well down the All Stars trio on Saturday, Hope has already conceded that Helena Jet is probably running for second in the 4YO Diamond.
“We can’t beat Adore Me unless something completely wacky happens,” he admits.
“But I am confident that we are at least as good as anything else in the field and for that reason I think we have a great chance of running second.
“She is a super miler and has gone 1-55 and even 1-54 on multiple occasions,” he added.
Greg is also hopeful that Mossdale Connor can be competitive in the last race on Saturday’s supersonic raceday, the 4YO Emerald.
“I’d love to see him go forward and lead. “I punched him out in 27 at the workouts the other day and he got home in 27 as well,” he added.
“Franco Nelson and Elios are probably a bit better than us but we have the barrier draw, and for that reason I think we have to use it,” he concluded.
By Mitchell Robertson