Robbie Laing’s progressive colt Lord Of The Sky has come up trumps with the inside alley for their maiden Group assignment in the Sir John Monash Stakes 2014 in Melbourne on Saturday.
The Danerich three-year-old will be racing for a Group 1 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival campaign when they take on a field of eight older rivals in the $135,000 Group 3 Polytrack Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) on Saturday.
A winner of four of their seven starts to date, Lord Of The Sky comes off a one and a half length victory over 1000m at Caulfield on May 17.
That was their fourth win from five starts at the track, their only loss being when they finished dead last in the Listed WJ Adams Stakes (1000m) on February 1.
While their record at the track is excellent, and their lead-up form very good, the only thing that could see Lord Of The Sky come unstuck is a possible wet track with the youngster yet to see worse than a Dead (5).
Laing will also be represented in this year’s Monash Stakes field by a noted mudlark, Mr Make Believe drawn at the opposite end of the field in barrier nine.
Formerly trained by Peter Moody, the Commands grey has been with Laing for the past 10 weeks and is looking to atone for some poor recent form.
Last seen beating home just two of their rivals when ninth in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on July 27, Laing is confident on a rain-affected track the rising eight-year-old will have improvement in them.
Mr Make Believe has raced on a Heavy track five times so far for four wins and a second.
The two top rated runners in the race meanwhile are the Peter Moody-trained Ready To Rip (barrier six) coming off a close seventh in the Straight Six at Flemington from the end of May and Ken Sweeney’s Group 1 The Goodwood third placegetter Riziz (barrier eight) who was 10th in the Straight Six.
Also high up the ratings is the Mick Price-trained Choisir gelding Le Bonsir coming off some consistent form and drawn ideally in gate two.
The six-year-old was runner-up behind Lonhspresso in the Straight Six beaten just a long neck before another close finish on June 21 at Moonee Valley this time beaten half a length by Pillar Of Creation when fourth over 1200m.
Other notable hopes then include Cranbourne galloper Morant who was fifth in the same lead-up race that produced Le Bonsir and the resuming African Pulse for Michael Moroney racing for the first time since being gelded.
See below for the full Sir John Monash Stakes 2014 field, barriers and jockeys.
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2014 Sir John Monash Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Caulfield Race (3:35pm) – 05/07/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||166x3x4557||READY TO RIP||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||6||58.5kg||102|
|2||7115x11x30||RIZIZ||Ken Sweeney||Chris Symons||8||58.5kg||103|
|4||3407×25324||LE BONSIR||Mick Price||Daniel Moor||2||58.5kg||100|
|5||8058x1809x||MR MAKE BELIEVE||Robbie Laing||Noel Callow||9||58.5kg||95|
|6||x1x15x400x||AFRICAN PULSE||Michael Moroney||Glen Boss||7||58.5kg||95|
|7||42x2311x2x||GOOD VALUE||Michael Kent||–||5||58.5kg||91|
|8||41x110x21||LORD OF THE SKY||Robbie Laing||Dwayne Dunn||1||58kg||93|
|9||200x8328x4||JOHANNAPINE||Mark Webb||Brad Rawiller||3||56.5kg||78|