Trainer Robbie Laing has confirmed in-form sprinter Lord Of The Sky will line up for the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield Racecourse on July 26th after completing an impressive five-length victory in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) on July 5th.
Facing a quality field in the Sir John Monash, Laing admitted he had not been completely confident of success for the son of Danerich last Saturday, but is now considering a run in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) on August 30 after the resounding triumph.
“I saw him fail at 1100 in his first start and we’ve kept him away from 1100, but he was dominant today,” Laing said following the Sir John Monash Stakes.
“On the corner I thought he’s either going to find or get run over but I must apologise to the horse, I doubt him all the time but it was very good.
“We’ll just space his runs.
“He’s a very good horse and he can improve.
“If he wins the Bletchingly, I’d love to run him in the Memsie.”
Veteran jockey Dwayne Dunn partnered the exciting colt for the first time competitively in the Sir John Monash Stakes, but conceded he will have to step up another gear if to continue his successful run of form through the Bletchingly Stakes and onto the Memsie.
“He stepped so cleanly and was able to dictate from the front,” Dunn said.
“He’s still a kid and he’s still got plenty of upside.
“Realistically, you would not run into a field like that through the spring, but he’s been placed really well and he’s been given a chance to win those races without too much pressure.”
Securing an impressive total of five race wins and one minor place from just eight competitive starts so far, Lord Of The Sky was unlucky to be blocked for a run and fourth in his debut race during the winter of 2013 but broke through for a maiden victory over 1000 metres just two weeks later.
Returning in summer for two wins from three starts, the colt out of Princess Abassi finished second by a short nose in the Auckland Racing Club Handicap (1000m) first-up this season before securing back-to-back victories over his two most recent appearances.
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