Robbie Laing was understandably disappointed with Lord Of The Sky’s performance in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) three weeks ago, but remains confident the classy stallion is capable of returning to the winner’s circle in Saturday’s 2015 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m).
Lord Of The Sky undoubtedly produced career-best form to date through the recent Sydney Autumn Carnival, highlighted by an impressive performance for fourth in the talent-rich Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) before mustering a huge turn of foot for an agonizingly-close second to Chautauqua in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) on Day 1 of The Championships.
Having left as clear favourite in the Sir John Monash Stakes following a brief freshen-up, Laing is confident the son of Danerich will be far better for the run and believes a return to the winner’s circle is imminent.
“I galloped on the Tuesday before the Sir John Monash Stakes and although he went only 600m it took the jockey another 600m to pull him up,” Laing told the Herald Sun.
“I think I might have over-cooked him.
“He was a bit flat after that, so I’m going to use the blueprint I used before he ran second in the T.J. Smith Stakes, which was give him pacework five days before the race and the do very little.
“On that occasion I just walked him for the four days before the race.
“He had his gallop at Cranbourne for this week on Sunday in between races and that will really be it for him this week.”
Lord Of The Sky is often the target of fierce criticism when failing to fire as race favourite but Laing confirmed that by no means affects the way he trains four-year-old.
“If he wins or runs well, then the field’s a weak one and if he flops, he’s a cat or a camel so I don’t bother looking,” Laing added.
“He’s won almost $1 million and he gets called a dog and things like that. If you don’t like backing him, then don’t back him.”
Lord Of The Sky progressed to another close second in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) following the TJ Smith Stakes on May 16th, in what was his only other start prior to the Sir John Monash Stakes.
The 2015 Bletchingly Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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