Lord Of The Sky to Improve in 2016 Bletchingly Stakes

July 21st, 2016

Trainer Robbie Laing is confident stable star Lord Of The Sky will carry plenty of benefit into the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on July 30th.

Lord Of The Sky will contest the 2016 Bletchingly Stakes second-up. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Lord Of The Sky will contest the 2016 Bletchingly Stakes second-up. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Lord Of The Sky was unlucky not to claim a maiden win at the highest level of racing when inched out of the 2015 edition of the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) by Chautauqua, and barring his next run for second in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m), has failed to make much of an impact through two subsequent preparations.

Pleased with the five-year-old’s first-up run for fourth in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) on July 16th, Laing told Racing Victoria he is confident Lord Of The Sky will prove very tough to beat in the 2016 Bletchingly Stakes.

“It says he’s now run fourth but in actual fact he was beaten an inch for second,” Laing said.

“He showed a tonne of pace, he was brave and more importantly he pulled up terrific.

“He definitely went there a run short – he looks a lot tighter and I’m very happy with him.

“I’m looking forward to the Bletchingly.”

A rising six-year-old entire, Laing has revealed the team is fielding interest from France for the horse’s stud contract and said he may be set on a campaign in France following the Bletchingly Stakes 2016.

“There’s a series of sprint races leading up the main one on Arc de Triomphe Day and they thought he would be the type of horse to go over and win those sort of races and then go to stud in January or February in the Northern hemisphere,” Laing said.

“For sure (we’re considering that option), if the money is right.

“The Australian studs, because of that inch second (2015 TJ Smith Stakes), there’s not a lot of interest, so we’re thinking about it.”

Lord Of The Sky has been a strong and largely consistent performer throughout his entire racing career to date; posting five wins and as many minors through twenty-three competitive starts.

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