Robbie Laing’s smart stallion Lord Of The Sky returns to racing at Sandown this weekend as the headline nomination for the Doveton Stakes 2014 in Melbourne.
Entries for this year’s $120,000 Listed Doveton Stakes (1000m) have been extended until 10am (AEDT) on Tuesday morning after 13 sprinters were nominated for on Monday.
The highest-rated of the current hopefuls is the Cranbourne-based Danerich four-year-old Lord Of The Sky, winner of the Group 3 John Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield during the winter.
After his breakthrough Group race win in the John Monash, Lord Of The Sky finished a credible fourth to Thiamandi in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) back at Caulfield before a last start fourth at Moonee Valley on August 2 behind Our Nkwazi over 1000m.
Laing has also nominated for his Danerich mare Carvalho and Commands eight-year-old Mr Make Believe – the grey out to improve on some below par November form including a last start ninth over 1000m at the Valley on the 29th.
Another top rated hope that comes via that same race is sixth past the post, It Is Written from the Cranbourne stables of Robbie Griffiths.
Ballarat horseman Darren Weir will likely saddle-up his Stratum gelding Anlon, the six-year-old returning to racing after his fourth first-up win at attempt number seven on the weekend.
He hasn’t raced since a disappointing 10th behind Akavoroun in a heat of the Winter Championship series back in June at Flemington but will be better fresh here shooting for his first win since the Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) on January 11.
Danny O’Brien’s progressive three-year-old Bull Pit is another former stakes winner after more black type success here.
The son of Speed ‘N’ Power won the Listed Queen Adelaide Stakes (1050m) at Morphettville on April 26 and was last seen running third to Release The Speed over 1000m at Moonee Valley after a ninth in the Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes (1200m) on Cox Plate Day when beaten just over four lengths.
Other notable Doveton Stakes nominees this year include the Jason Warren-trained Danger Close who has twice won over the track and distance, veteran nine-year-old Eight Bills who enjoyed success up in Darwin earlier this year and the returning Go The Knuckle for Robert Smerdon.
Elvstroem six-year-old Go The Knuckle boasts a top record over the distance (6-2-1-2) and comes off a nice second behind Office Bearer in the Listed Bel Esprit Stakes (1200m) at Sandown Lakeside back in March.
See below for the current Doveton Stakes 2014 nominations, the final field due out on Wednesday along with all the other acceptances for Saturday racing around the country.
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2014 Doveton Stakes Nominations
Sandown Racecourse – 06/12/2014
|5||DANGER CLOSE||Jason Warren||80|
|6||EIGHT BILLS||Stephen Brown||92|
|7||GO THE KNUCKLE||Robert Smerdon||96|
|8||IT IS WRITTEN||Robbie Griffiths||98|
|9||LORD OF THE SKY||Robbie Laing||100|
|10||MR MAKE BELIEVE||Robbie Laing||91|
|11||POCKET ROCKETS||Nick Ryan||89|
|13||THE MONSTAR||Brett Cavanough||76|