Cranbourne’s Robbie Laing has shied away from a Brisbane campaign targeting the Stradbroke Handicap with his exciting stallion prospect Lord Of The Sky who is set to run in Adelaide’s 2015 The Goodwood this autumn instead.
A winner of five of his 17 career starts to date for over $820,000 in prize money, Danerich four-year-old Danerich this campaign chases a Group 1 win before retiring, Laing hopeful that will help secure a stud deal.
There were a host of options for Laing to sort through campaign-wise with Lord Of The Sky, whose best turf triumph was the Group 3 Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield in August of 2014, including the $2 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) at Doomben Racecourse on June 6.
As well as the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival option, Laing also considered sending Lord Of The Sky to the paddock early after his devastatingly close last start second to Chautauqua in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 6.
Beaten just a short-head in the lucrative sprint during The Championships in Sydney, Lord Of The Sky will train on with Laing settling on a trip to South Australia for the $500,000 Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) on May 16.
If he had won the $2.5 million TJ Smith Stakes, which until the closing 100m he looked like doing in a massive upset at 20/1 odds, Laing said the horse would already have been kicking off his career as a stallion in the breeding barn.
The studs are sniffing around still however, so Laing remains hopeful.
“We had a few studs saying they were inches off picking up the phone and making good offers, so what he needs is to win a Group One,” Laing told AAP.
Laing also explained his decision to chase the Morphettville race over the Stradbroke, citing just how many top line sprinters were Brisbane-bound this winter.
“Every man and his dog is going for the Stradbroke and I’d hate to go up there and diminish the value that he’s now got,” he said.
Lord Of The Sky is also set to get into The Goodwood well in the weights just a couple of kilos over the minimum under the set weights plus penalties conditions.
He is being kept fit at home currently, Laing giving him a couple of gallops on the beach as the weeks tick down to The Goodwood.
“He doesn’t do well in the paddock,” he said.
“We’ve kept him at home and have been poking around down at the beach and in the last few days he’s really done a treat.”
Lord Of The Sky isn’t currently nominated for any races, but a host of other The Goodwood hopefuls will run at Morphettville this weekend in either the fillies-and-mares-only $400,000 Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) or the $115,000 Group 3 DC McKay Stakes (1100m).
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