Despite being unable to fire when fourth in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield last weekend, trainer Robbie Laing has confirmed Lord Of The Sky will still target the featured Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) on August 30th.
Jumping as odds on favourite in last weekend’s Caulfield feature, Lord Of The Sky appeared to be in ideal racing position upon finding the final straight, however was unable to match the late pace of eventual champion Thiamandi, fading to finish close to three lengths off the pace.
Revealing he is likely to back Lord Of The Sky up in a sprint event at Moonee Valley this weekend, Laing said he has not been deterred by the rising four-year-olds most recent performance and believes his work is consistent with that of a future Group 1 champion.
“He’s as good as gold,” Laing told AAP.
“I might freshen him all this week, just keep him away from the track and then go to Moonee Valley on Saturday over 1000 metres.
“I’ll claim three kilograms off his back and just let him run.
“I believe he is a Group One horse in the making.
“He’s very hard to hold in even time work, so he might as well go to Moonee Valley and have a 1000 metre gallop next week.”
Securing an impressive total of five wins and one minor place from nine competitive starts to date, Lord Of The Sky stamped his claims as one to watch over his maiden preparation through the 2013 winter; finishing an unlucky fourth when blocked for a run in the IRT International Breakfast Plate (1118m) first-up before breaking through for a maiden victory in the Procal Dairies Handicap (1000m) on July 13th.
Returning to racing in typically scintillating form this campaign, the Danerich colt was unlucky to finish second by a short nose in the Auckland Racing Club Handicap (1000m) first-up before securing back-to-back victories in the Listen Learn Speak Handicap (1000m) and Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) prior to the Bletchingly Stakes.
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