The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival’s opening Group 1 race is being considered as a next-up target for the Robbie Laing-trained Lord Of The Sky who is dominating Bletchingly Stakes betting for this weekend.
The Cranbourne-based Laing confirmed this week they were looking at testing the young son of Danerich at elite level next start in the $400,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield Racecourse on August 30.
The rising four-year-old gets the chance to secure that assignment when they race at the same track this Saturday jumping odds-on favourite in the $150,000 Group 3 Slickpix Bletchingly Stakes (1200m).
There are just eight sprinters engaged in the Bletchingly field this year with flying colt Lord Of The Sky all the rage at $1.60 and firming.
Their main dangers are considered to be the Mick Price-trained Le Bonsir ($7) who was a distant second to them in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) on July 5 and speedy Adelaide filly Thiamandi ($8.50) coming off a win at track.
Drawn in barrier five with Dwayne Dunn maintaining his association, Lord Of The Sky has won their past two on the trot and Laing is confident they’ve improved since their four and a half length Monash Stakes success.
“He went into his race last time with a few issues that had me a little wary, but he’s spot-on this week,” he told Racing Network on Thursday.
Giving them the upper hand also is their high cruising speed that has allowed them to reel off some incredible sectionals already.
“People said he got it easy in front last time but he went 10.8 for one (200m) section, then 11 for the next and still finished off in the fastest last 200 metres of the race,” Laing explained.
All going to plan and the promising galloper will be stepped up in class this coming spring season, including possibly in the Memsie Stakes 2014.
“We’ve had a terrific year and we’re hoping this bloke can take us into the next 12 months too,” Laing, who enjoyed a winning double at Caulfield on Wednesday, said.
Next month’s Memsie Stakes is also on the agenda for a host of stars including last year’s Caulfield Cup fourth placed import Jet Away, Chris Waller’s dual Doncaster Mile champ Sacred Falls and Randwick Guineas runner-up El Roca.
Laing is confident that the 1400m of the Memsie wouldn’t be out of Lord Of The Sky’s grasp, and how well they handled the distance would determine the remainder of their spring campaign.
“I’ve got no doubt he’ll run 1400-metres so going to one of those races holds no fears at all,” he said.
“Firstly I’d like to get over tomorrow then we’ll look ahead.”
If not the Memsie, their other post-Bletchingly option according to Laing would be the $200,000 Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m), also known as the JJ Liston Stakes, on August 16.
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