Returning to racing in exceptional form this season, peaking with a near-five length victory in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield Racecourse last time out, trainer Robbie Laing is confident of an even greater Lord Of The Sky in this weekend’s featured Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m).
Jumping from the gates well, Lord Of The Sky found ideal position at the head of the pack during July 5th feature race, leading the pack into the final straight before easily jogging clear to secure a second-consecutive race win, having taken out the Listen Learn Speak Handicap (1000m) on May 17th.
Revealing Lord Of The Sky had been suffering from a nasty virus in the lead-up to the Sir John Monash, Laing said he was not far from scratching the rising four-year-old from the event and believes his work on course since will allow for an even greater performance in the Bletchingly Stakes.
“He struggled with a high white cell count for most the week before his last start,” Laing told the Herald Sun.
“He’s still immature and struggles with colds and sore throats. I’ve been really pleased with him since. Looking towards Saturday, it’s going to be a much better horse who will step out.
“He’s looking so much better than he did last start.”
Understandably confident of further success on Saturday, Laing said he will next prepare the Danerich colt for the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 30th, ahead of a possible appearance in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) in October.
“If he wins on Saturday, his record would be six wins from nine starts, so he’d deserve a crack at a Group 1 race as he’s a stallion,” Laing added.
“I’d like to see him in a good sprint at Caulfield and then put him out as he’s still developing.”
Unlucky not to be aiming for a fourth consecutive victory in the Bletchingly Stakes this weekend, Lord Of The Sky made up good ground to finish second by a short nose in the Auckland Racing Club Handicap (1000m) first-up on April 25th, having been blocked for a run and squeezed out early in the final straight.
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