Randwick figured in two track upgrades during the Villiers Stakes meeting, but it wasn’t enough to stop wet-track specialist The Monstar.
Racing started well into the heavy range before The Monstar overcame a wide run on a soft-rated track to win the Razor Sharp, the feature sprint race on Saturday.
“He’s love a soft track. He’s got great stats in the wet but he was still very brave to fight on,” jockey Tommy Berry said.
Berry was a late booking for The Monstar ($16) after bush jockey Richard Bensley had to forfeit his two rides for Albury trainer Brett Cavanough.
The Monstar raced the deepest of three leaders as the field settled before he crossed to be outside Victorian-trained sprinter Sirbible.
He took control of the Listed race at the 300m and lifted again to score by three-quarters of a length from Sirbible ($13).
His Majesty, the $3.70 favourite, missed the start before finishing the same margin away third.
The Monstar has now raced 12 times on tracks rated in the soft range for seven wins and two placings.