Robbie Laing’s galloper Lord Of The Sky enjoyed his first win since 2014 with success in Saturday’s Bletchingly Stakes 2016 at Caulfield Racecourse.
The Danerich stallion was last seen in the winner’s stall two years back in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m), and managed his first victory since on the weekend in the $150,000 Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m).
Coming off a fourth in this year’s Sir John Monash, the galloper improved when stepped up in distance for the Bletchingly where top hoop Damien Oliver guided Lord Of The Sky ($8) to a one and a half length win in the weight-for-age winter feature.
“He can be his own worst enemy sometimes,” Oliver told Racing Victoria after the victory, the hoop having also been aboard for Lord Of The Sky’s close second to Chautauqua in last year’s Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.
“Today he was well-mannered. It’s great to see him back to his best.
“Robbie and this horse have been a bit maligned over a period of time, but you’d like a couple like him, I reckon.”
In second was the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained favourite Fast ‘N’ Rocking ($3.50), Dwayne Dunn’s mount also a John Monash graduate having run sixth in his lead-up run.
Finishing off the Bletching Stakes trifecta this Melbourne Winter Racing Carnival a further one and a quarter lengths back in third was the returning Darren Weir-trained Mahuta ($5.50) in his last run as a three-year-old.
Saturday was the third straight year Lord Of The Sky contested the Bletchingly Stakes and he finally broke through for a win after his fourth to Thiamandi (2014) and dead last in the 2015 edition when 11th to Smokin’ Joey.
Lord Of The Sky pulled up lame suffering a tendon injury in last year’s edition of the race, but he showed he had completed a full return to form with the reverse luck this season posting his first win in 755 days.
A winner of six of his 24 starts to date, Lord Of The Sky surpassed the $1 million in earnings with this year’s Bletchingly Stakes result and Laing was thrilled with the effort.
“The ingredient to breeding fast horses in Australia is putting them to the fastest stallions,” he told the media post-win on Saturday.
“There’s not a stallion in Australia that goes with him if you let him run.
“We haven’t found a home for him yet. He turns six on Monday, so he’s probably [coming] into his last season.
“We’d love to have a crack at a 1400m weight-for-age race with him riding the same way.”
Next-up Lord Of The Sky is likely to return to Caulfield on August 13 for a shot at the $200,000 Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m).
His Cranbourne-based trainer is then keen to further increase his future value at stud with a possible overseas campaign later this season in France targeting a £200,000 race on Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Day at Longchamp Racecourse in early October.
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2016 Bletchingly Stakes Results
Caulfield Racecourse – 30/07/2016
|1||4||LORD OF THE SKY||Robbie Laing||Damien Oliver||–||4||58.5kg||$8|
|2||3||FAST ’N’ ROCKING||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||1.5L||9||58.5kg||$3.50F|
|3||10||MAHUTA||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||2.75L||7||58kg||$5.50|
|4||9||TADDEI TONDO||Gerard Moloney||Patrick Moloney||3.15L||1||58.5kg||$26|
|5||1||SMOKIN’ JOEY||Wez Hunter||Michael Walker||4.4L||3||58.5kg||$26|
|6||12||RUNWAY STAR||Phillip Stokes||Dom Tourneur||4.6L||8||56.5kg||$6.50|
|7||11||ODYSSEY MOON||Robert Smerdon||Craig Newitt||4.7L||6||58kg||$8.50|
|8||5||CHARMED HARMONY||John Sadler||Craig Williams||5.7L||5||58.5kg||$7|
|9||7||MAGNAPAL||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||Luke Currie||5.8L||10||58.5kg||$71|
|10||6||THERMAL CURRENT||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||6.2L||2||58.5kg||$9|
|–||2||THE CLEANER||Peter Gelagotis||Steven Arnold||–||0||–||–|
|–||8||TUDOR||Doug Harrison||Mark Zahra||–||0||–||–|