The money has been steady for Robbie Laing’s Group 1 hope Lord Of The Sky in the Bletchingly Stakes 2014 betting markets for this weekend where the colt will shoot for back-to-back wins at the track.
Danerich three-year-old Lord Of The Sky did it easy at Caulfield on July 5 when posting a smart four and a half length victory in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m).
They carried 58kg from barrier one with Dwayne Dunn aboard that day, and get the same weight and hoop along with a decent gate five draw for this weekend as they shoot for their sixth win from seven starts at the track.
Capable of sizzling sectionals, Laing said their lead-up into the Monash wasn’t ideal and that the horse was now spot-on for the Bletchingly – a scary warning for their seven rivals.
“It is the best he has been,” Laing told AAP.
Since Bletchingly Stakes odds opened Lord Of The Sky has been pegged as the one to beat and sits in the red at a short quote of $1.60.
Occupying the second line of betting is then the Mick Price-trained Le Bonsir, also steady at $7.
The Choisir gelding ran a distant second in the Monash Stakes, and was second again at their latest start when a long neck off Nearest To Pin in the Listed All Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m) on July 12.
Adelaide filly Thiamandi is next at $8.50, same as her opening price, with the Lloyd Kennewell-trained Street Boss three-year-old shooting for back-to-back Caulfield wins of her own.
She won over 1100m against her own kind at the start of the month and drops three kilos to 56kg on Saturday with Michael Rodd to ride.
Previously equal on $8.50 but now easing out to $9 is then fellow South Australian raider Nearest To Pin in barrier two for jockey Nicholas Hall.
Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas’ Golden Lake four-year-old comes off their All Victorian Sprint Final win at Flemington and will be hoping for another similar run in their first Caulfield start since April.
Peter Moody’s 2012 Bletchingly Stakes winner Ready To Rip then rounds out the single figure hopes at $9.50 with Brad Rawiller to ride them from the outside gate.
Rawiller hasn’t ridden the horse since March last year when they narrowly beat home Club Command in the Listed Thoroughbred Club Cup at this track and distance.
Gig is then the only other notable hope betting wise at $14, Shawn Mathrick’s Commands mare down in distance off a third in the Listed Winter Championship Series Final (1600m).
The query is going to be coming back from the mile to the 1200 metres but she is well,” the Cranbourne-based Mathrick said this week.
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