Talented stallion Lord Of The Sky was unable to justify his resounding favouritism in a disappointing display for seventh in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) over the weekend, but trainer Robbie Laing has confirmed he will press on with plans to saddle the four-year-old in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in three weeks.
Lord Of The Sky jumped from the gates relatively poorly in the Monash Stakes; forced to settle only two places from the rear of the field before failing to produce much of a turn of foot in the final straight; crossing the line close to six lengths off the pace of winner Miss Promiscuity.
Laing confirmed the Danerich entire has come through his run over the weekend well and revealed he intends to press onto the 2015 Bletchingly Stakes.
“If he jumped cleanly and led to the corner and dropped out and finished there, you’d be happy to say ‘You weak so and so’, but he’s a speed horse who was out the back with a lot of chasing to do,” Laing told the Herald Sun.
“It wasn’t his day. I just hope he pulls up all right so we can come back and have another go.
“It’s three weeks until the Bletchingly so, all going well with him, we’ll bring him back and see what happens.”
Posting five wins and as many minors through his nineteen start career so far, Lord Of The Sky returned to competitive form over the 2014/15 summer; finishing second in each of the Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) most notably.
While unable to fire when eleventh in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) on February 28th, Lord Of The Sky responded well in finishing a credible fourth in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) before mustering an incredible turn of foot in the final straight to finish an unlucky second when pipped on the line by Chautauqua in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m).
Having again finished a close second in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) in his only other start prior to the Sir John Monash Stakes, a positive result in the Bletchingly will likely see Lord Of The Sky progress to the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) on August 15th before a preparation swansong in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) a fortnight later.
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