Maluckyday is on the verge of beginning his spring carnival campaign after having a three month spell following his seventh placing in The BMW behind the ill-fated Cedarberg in the autumn.
The five-year-old gelding finished fourth in a 900 metre barrier trial at Rosehill Gardens racecourse earlier this morning.
“I thought it was a very good trial,” owner Nick Moraitis said.
Maluckyday was unable to place in his three race starts during the autumn, a problem that Moraitis puts down to a virus.
“He had a little bit of a virus and we had to stop training him for a week,” Moraitis said.
“That was the real reason; these things knock you around like a human being.
“Touch wood everything’s in great order at this point in time.”
Maluckyday has been nominated for a run in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes at Warwick Farm this Saturday.
“Whether he starts this week or goes to Melbourne the following week I don’t know,” Moraitis said.
Moraitis is content to leave the decision up to trainers Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes.
“I never tell a trainer how to do his job,” he said.
Jockey Jim Cassidy is set to follow Maluckyday around during the spring, with Glen Boss enlisted as a back-up.
“Jim will go anywhere to ride him,” Moraitis said.
“God forbid if anything happened to Jimmy, Glen Boss will ride him.”
As well as Maluckyday, Moraitis also has talented five-year-old Love Conquers All back in preparation for the spring carnival.
“Love Conquers All is back in work,” he said.
“He’s been a very unlucky horse last prep.”
The Mossman entire finished second five times in seven starts.
“Hopefully he can go one better this time,” Moraitis said.