Talented stallion Lord Of The Sky undoubtedly found career-best form to date over the 2015 Autumn Carnival and trainer Robbie Laing has revealed the Group 3 John Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on July 4th is shaping as his next competitive point of call.
Failing to make anything of an impact when eleventh in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) first-up on February 28th, Lord Of The Sky quickly found great condition in finishing fourth in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) before being pipped on the line by Chautauqua in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) on Day 1 of The Championships.
Having since finished second in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) before a heel injury ruled him out of the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m), Laing told AAP he is eyeing progressing to the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on July 25th following the 2015 John Monash Stakes before an early spring campaign geared towards a race like the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m).
“He’ll go to the Bletchingly and then I’d love to run him in the Memsie and let him run all the stayers off their legs around Caulfield,” Laing said.
“He’s a thin skinned horse that was sweating and with his asthma on those humid days it didn’t suit.
“That’s why in Sydney, where it was cold and raining, he went super and it was pretty cold in Adelaide too.
“So I think early spring, break, get him ready for next autumn and hopefully go to the King’s Stand this time next year.”
Posting five wins and as many minors through 18 career starts so far, Lord Of The Sky stamped his claims as one to watch from his maiden preparation through the 2013 winter, highlighted by success in the Procal Dairies Handicap (1000m) at Caulfield.
Making a competitive transition to black type racing through the 2014 winter, the Danerich entire won the Sir John Monash Stakes before running a luckless fourth in the Bletchingly Stakes.
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