Four-year-old Lord Of The Sky is set to get the new year off to a winning start as trainer Robbie Laing confirmed the entire will run the Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) at Flemington Racecourse on January 1.
Laing confirmed plans to run the sprinter down the famous Flemington straight to Racing Network on Friday morning.
“As long as I can get a trial into him down the straight 10 or so days before the race, he’ll run in the Standish,” Laing said.
Lord Of The Sky is a hit or miss kind of horse. He has won five of his 11 career starts but has failed to place in any of his last three starts.
The horse found success during the winter in Melbourne, winning the Taralye Listen Learn Speak Handicap (1000m) before blitzing his competition by four and a half lengths in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) – his first Group level race.
He finished the season with two fourth place finishes in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) and United Refrigeration Handicap (1000m).
The sprinter missed the spring before returning for the Listed Doveton Stakes (1000m) last Saturday. After railing up to the front, Lord Of The Sky got a length in front around the bend and held that position until the last 100m before weakening late and failing to run it out. Once again, the horse finished just outside the placings in fourth place.
However he did carry a big weight of 60kg and was racing against the wind so Laing is confident the horse will improve.
“He’s in good shape and he’s had one run down the straight and got a bit lost, that’s why I want to trial him before the Standish,” he said.
Laing should easily be able to find Lord Of The Sky a trail run in the next two weeks, which means the horse will very likely line up at Flemington on New Year’s Day.
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