Robert Price has had to endure a frustrating preparation thus far with Lani Girl, but the co-trainer believes his daughter of Purrealist can recapture her best at Kembla Grange on Saturday.
Lani Girl has been racing predominantly at Saturday metropolitan meetings in five starts this preparation, but has struggled with a hoof abyss during the majority of those starts.
After the seven-year-old mare finished worse than midfield at her last run at Randwick earlier this month, Price opted to address the area of concern and was forced to cut out part of the hoof.
He expects the decision will lead to immediate improvement from Lani Girl when she contests the Gwenda Markwell Benchmark 65 Handicap (1600m) this weekend.
"I am really happy with her now," Price, who trains with his son Luke, said.
"She is obviously a mare that appreciates the soft ground more but I still expect her to run a really nice race."
The Price stable also have Miss Demi Monde in the Jeff Penza Maiden Handicap (1200m).
Apprentice Brock Ryan will resume his partnership with Miss Demi Monde after he guided her to a fast-finishing fourth last start over the 1000m at the same track.
“She got on one rein the other day and got a warning from the stewards so we have had to make a gear change,” Price said.
“She has drawn wide so we are going to need a lot of luck in what looks to be a pretty strong maiden.
“From the barrier she is going to have to go back and try to hit the line strong.”
Race one is at 12.24pm.