Trainer Mick Price believes equestrian training will help Lucky For All with his racing manners.
After taking over the training of Lucky For All trainer Mick Price sent the four-time winner back to school.
A former member of disqualified trainer Darren Weir’s yard, Lucky For All was transferred to Price and training partner Mick Kent jr for his current campaign.
Lucky For All makes his racetrack return at The Valley on Saturday in the Drummond Golf Handicap (1600m) having not started since being well in the market and finishing a fading 11th in last year’s Ballarat Cup.
“We’ve done a fair bit of dressage, equestrian work with him to get him balanced, get a nice top line on him,” Price said.
“That was his problem when with Weiry, he’d want to spear in.
“I like that equestrian work. It’s good for them. It’s good work for their brain.”
Price said the equestrian work had so far worked for Lucky For All but race day pressure on Saturday would be the ultimate guide.
The trainer watched Lucky For All in a gallop at The Valley on Tuesday and said he was “gun barrel straight”.
“He’s as good as gold now,” Price said.
“He’s a nice horse and once he gets fit, a race over 2000 metres would be ideal.”
Also making her return on Saturday for the Price and Kent stable is Mystery Love in the PFD Food Services Handicap (1200m).
Mystery Love is unbeaten in three starts and has not been seen since winning the Bendigo Guineas in March.
“She was lightish at Bendigo so after getting the black-type it was time for a break,” Price said.
“She’s matured, fit, happy, and it should be a good race for her.
“She’s a good horse and she can win, but I’m not going to throw her in too many deep ends.
“We’re planning on running in black-type mares races at 1400 metres, but we’ve got to see if she’s good enough.”