Morrisey keeps faith in Living On A Prayer

A soft track and a final field missing some high-profile nominations have boosted hopes Living On A Prayer can continue trainer John Morrisey’s successful week at Doomben.

Morrisey had a double at Ipswich on Wednesday and is confident Living On A Prayer can run well in the Listed Falvelon Quality (1200m).

The Falvelon is traditionally a strong race and last year it was won by Tiger Tees before he went on to take the Group One Galaxy in Sydney.

However, Saturday’s race appears below its usual standard because two of the best-performed nominations, Sydneysider Hot Snitzel and Gold Coast filly Aimee, didn’t accept.

Living On A Prayer was among the acceptances for the Falvelon Quality last week but the meeting was washed out.

“I decided he deserved a chance at a Listed race in the city,” Morrisey said.

“His campaign has been mucked around when he was scratched from a wide alley and then the next week the meeting was abandoned.

“But he is a good fresh horse and I am told the sting should be out of the track.”

Living On A Prayer is much travelled, having originally raced in country NSW for Wagga Wagga trainer David Heywood before winning last year’s Townsville Cleveland Bay Handicap for Terry Butts.

He was sent to Morrisey after his Townsville win and scored on a heavy track at Doomben in August.

Living On A prayer has had one run back from a spell when fifth behind Facile Tigre at the Sunshine Coast on January 17.

“He had a trial and did a good job to run second in it two weeks ago,” Morrisey said.
Living On A Prayer is one of the outsiders in an open race with three horses – Architect, Rocket To Glory and The Peak – sharing early favouritism at $4.50.

Story courtesy Mark Oberhardt

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