Lord Of The Sky was unlucky to be ruled out of the recent Spring Racing Carnival with a tendon injury and will now also miss the 2016 Autumn Carnival after trainer Robbie Laing confirmed the talented sprinter continues a slow road to recovery.
Having run second in two major Group 1 feature races through an impressive twenty starts so far, Lord Of The Sky undoubtedly found career-best form to date through the 2015 Autumn Carnival; finishing fourth in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) on March 14th before an agonizingly-close second to Chautauqua in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) on Day 1 of The Championships.
Returning to the paddock after again finishing second in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) in May, the Danerich entire was found to be lame after failing to figure in either of the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) and Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) most recently on July 25th.
Having initially outlined another tilt at the TJ Smith Stakes as a hopeful target in autumn, Laing told Racing Victoria he believes Lord Of The Sky still has plenty of recovery ahead and will not appear on course in the near future.
“I saw him (Wednesday) and the horse looks great, but I can’t say the same for the leg that he did in the Bletchingly – he’s still got a way to go,” Laing said.
“I was hoping to bring him into work about Christmas and have a crack at the race that got away from us – the TJ Smith – but I think he’ll be out longer.
“(You’ve just got to give them) more time with tendons… especially with stallions, his next preparation will be his last so we want to be certain he’s going to stand.”
A strong and consistent performer for Laing since first appearing on course competitively partway through 2013, Lord Of The Sky made a competitive transition to black type racing during the 2014 winter; winning the Sir John Monash Stakes and finishing fourth in the Bletchingly Stakes most notably.
Returning to racing for a brief summer campaign, Lord Of The Sky finished second in each of the Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) most notably through only three starts.