Age hasn’t dulled this happy galloper
MIGHTY Lucky may be an eightyear-old now and had more race starts than any other horse in tomorrow’s Group 3 Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens, but the racetrack is where he’s most happy.
Jockey Chris O’Brien has had a long association with the Fred Cowell-trained 55-start veteran and he said he’s as happy as he’s ever been heading into a big race.
“There’s plenty of life left in the old fella. He enjoys it, he loves it. He enjoys being in work and he’s in a happy place,” O’Brien said. “He’s going well and he’s really
with his racing so am I.”
Mighty Lucky is coming off a fourth placing to Duca Valentinois in the Listed Ladies Day Cup (1400m) at Hawkesbury.
He finished three lengths off the winner that day but O’Brien said he almost should have won
“I thought his run last start was full of merit and he probably should have challenged the winner. We copped quite a bit of interference from the 400m to 200m. were jogging at that point,” he said.
“I thought his run in the Shannon Stakes a few starts back was great and he’s close to a win.”
Mighty Lucky has a great record at Rosehill and over 1500m.
He won’t be bothered by bit of rain either he’s run behind Sir Plush and Deploy this campaign.
His grand final will be in a fortnight in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes at Royal Randwick, but he can still win tomorrow from an inside draw.
“This is his sort of race, just below the Group 1s, and he’s got a pretty good record at Rosehill. He’s never been too far away from them,” O’Brien said.
“He’s quite comfortable running fourth or fifth off a good speed. It would be lovely to win on him.”
It’s a small, but competitive field tomorrow and O’Brien said Cabeza de Vaca, which is on a five-race winning streak, will be hardest to get past.
He’s been great at his two starts back from a long break and has been impossible to run down.
The Rosehill track will suit him too and O’Brien knows he can’t give him too much of a headstart.
“We’ll just be in behind the speed as usual. You’d expect Gai’s to lead and hardest to beat because it will be rock-hard fit and it won pretty well last time will keep improving,” he said.
Chris O’Brien is pleased with Mighty Lucky’s work in the build up to the Festival Stakes.