Saturday’s beaten Bletchingly Stakes favourite Lord Of The Sky may have disappointed the punters, connections and jockey Dwayne Dunn but their trainer Robbie Laing remains confident they are deserving of a Memsie Stakes 2014 shot next month.
The up-and-coming Danerich colt went out at an odds-on price of $1.40 to win Saturday’s $150,000 Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) but could only manage to finish three and a half lengths away from the upset winner, speedy Adelaide filly Thiamandi.
It was a far cry from their previous run when, stepping up to Group company for the first time, the lightly-raced sprinter won the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) by an easy four and a half lengths.
Dunn was aboard for both rides and didn’t hide his post-loss disappointment over the horse’s performance.
“Maybe he’s one dimensional and you’ve got to keep him rocking and break their hearts earlier, I’m not sure,” he told Racing Victoria.
“I expected a lot more under the bonnet when I went for him.”
Lord Of The Sky was up near the speed sitting second behind the leader Le Bonsir, who ran second in the Monash Stakes.
Dunn’s more conservative ride on Saturday coupled with their competing up front with the Mick Price-trained Le Bonsir could have been their undoing according to Laing.
Having pulled up super though, Laing is willing to forgive them that run and focus on bigger things to come this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Before the Bletchingly Stakes loss the Cranbourne-based Laing had Lord Of The Sky earmarked for a shot at the $400,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 30.
He still has a high opinion of the galloper and is pressing on with 2014 Memsie Stakes plans.
“I believe he is a Group One horse in the making,” Laing told AAP.
Firstly though Laing is looking at a Moonee Valley race for Lord Of The Sky this Saturday, the horse nominated for an $80,000 handicap over 1000m at the meeting.
“He’s as good as gold,” Laing said.
“I might freshen him all this week, just keep him away from the track and then go to Moonee Valley on Saturday over 1000 metres.
“I’ll claim three kilograms off his back and just let him run.
“He’s very hard to hold in even time work, so he might as well go to Moonee Valley and have a 1000 metre gallop next week.”
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