Theresa Bateup is confident Monegal will prove her last-start win was no fluke when she returns to Rosehill on Saturday.
The four-year-old produced a stunning finish to secure the trainer's first Saturday Sydney victory a fortnight ago.
This week will see the mare contest a 1500 metre benchmark 78, with Andrew Adkins back in the saddle.
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Bateup has been impressed by Monegal's work since the win and she's looking forward to seeing her vie for victory this weekend.
"She's done super since her win there a fortnight ago," Bateup said. "That definitely wasn't a fluke, we were more than happy heading into it. We went up there thinking she'd run a very good race.
"She's come back stronger this prep. She's always had ability, she won the Bega Cup, she won in town midweek. She's stronger this time, which she needed to be to step up to Saturday grade."
The trainer is hoping to use this preparation as a launching pad for bigger targets, with Bateup confident Monegal can achieve success in black-type races.
The horse had her first taste of that level last campaign when she contested the listed Albury Gold Cup and Bateup is eyeing a return to that grade down the track.
"I took her to the Albury Cup chasing black type. She got too far back and just didn't get out until it was all over. If she had been able to settle closer and got out, she definitely would've finished top four, which would have got her black type.
"If we strike the right race on the right day, she's capable of getting black type. She keeps improving every prep, if she continues to do that, she's definitely a chance."
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