Maluckyday is set to finally begin his spring racing campaign in this weekend’s Memsie Stakes at Caulfield after he was scratched from last Saturday’s Warwick Stakes due to wet conditions.
“He’s not guaranteed to run but it is likely that he will,” Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said.
The run will be Maluckyday’s first since a disappointing autumn preparation that saw him finish unplaced in all of his three runs.
Hawkes is not worried by the five-year-old gelding’s recent race results.
“It doesn’t worry me in the least,” Wayne Hawkes said.
The trainer believes Maluckyday was too far back in all three of his autumn runs.
“The way those races are run you have got to be up on the pace otherwise you can’t win,” Hawkes said.
“He ran the second fastest last 400 (metres) in the BMW when he ran seventh, but no-one sees that.”
Hawkes is hopeful that the Melbourne weather conditions will improve in time for this weekend’s Memsie Stakes.
“Missing the run the other day stuffed things up a little bit but we didn’t want to gut him first-up on a bog track,” he said.
“The horse is fine and we will wait now and see what the track conditions are for Saturday.”
Maluckyday, who was runner-up to Americain in last year’s Melbourne Cup, has won five of his 12 race starts and accrued more than $1.26 million in prize money.