Lord Of The Sky has returned to racing in exceptional form this time, however trainer Robbie Laing is not completely convinced he will be able to handle the conditions of the Morphettville track when contesting Saturday’s featured Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m).
Posting five wins and a further four minors through 17 career starts so far, Lord Of The Sky failed to make anything of an impact when running eleventh in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) on February 28th but responded well in finishing fourth in the talent-rich Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) and an agonizingly-close second in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) most recently.
Treated well in the weights at just 56.5kgs, Laing told Racing Victoria he is pleased with the condition of the Danerich entire but conceded he is unsure how the track will play by the time the 2015 Goodwood Handicap jumps.
“It’s a funny track Morphettville, they race there nearly every Saturday and you’d like to think when you’ve got a horse that’s quick the inside section of the track would be good but the last few years they’ve been getting out ten or twelve horses off the fence,” Laing said.
“I don’t know whether speed horses are suited in the Goodwood but I can’t change him around, he’ll be up there in the first two or three and hopefully he can get into some good going in the straight.
“Because he’s only a Group 3 winner he gets 56kgs whereas the Group 1 winners get 58.5kgs so he gets in well at the weights considering it was weight-for-age when he was nosed out by Chautauqua.
“Ollie (Damien Oliver) was mad keen to give him an easy trial because prior to the Oakleigh Plate he won a trial here by eight-lengths and probably left nothing in reserve for the race.
“He had a very easy trial and the was still very good on a heavy track so I’m pretty happy with him.”
A proven mid-year performer, Lord Of The Sky won each of the Listen Learn Speak Handicap (1000m) and Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) most notably in four late autumn, early winter starts.
The 2015 The Goodwood final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday today.
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