Speedy sprinter Lord Of The Sky is included in the nominations for the Group 3 $150,000 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
Lord Of The Sky has competed in the last three runnings of the Sir John Monash Stakes with a brilliant win in 2014 followed by a seventh in 2015 and a fourth last year and is one of sixteen horses nominated for the 1100m sprint this year.
Trainer Robbie Laing is delighted with the way that Lord Of The Sky is shaping up and was amazed with the ease the rising seven year old won a 760m barrier trial at Cranbourne on July 3.
“He went as good, if not better than I thought he might. I thought he might’ve been a bit rusty. He began OK, he quickly took up the lead as you’d expect,” Laing told racing.com.
“I said to Damien (Oliver) just look after him, give him a soft trial. Typical of the horse, he just knows one speed – flat out. And he sat against him, and he’s won by four or five lengths, and looked like the Lord Of the Sky of old.”
Leading trainer Darren Weir has two entries for the Sir John Monash Stakes, Group 1 winner Flamberge and former Western Australian trained Chocolate Holic.
Three times Group 1 winner Flamberge will be having his first start since running eighth to Silent Sedition in the Group 1 $500,000 Keogh Homes William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley during the 2017 Melbourne Autumn Carnival while Chocolate Holic will be stepping out for the first time under the Weir banner.
Chocolate Holic is the winner of seven of his eleven starts in the West with his two best efforts being a win in the Listed $125,000 Northam Cup (1600m) at Northam in October and a win in the Listed $100,000 Carbine Club Of W.A. Stakes (1400m) at Ascot in Perth in November.
Supido showed plenty of promise during the 2016 Autumn with a third to Black Heart Bart in the Group 1 $500,000 Darley Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville and trainer Mick Kent has nominated him for the Sir John Monash Stakes.
Nominations for the 2017 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m)
|#||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|2||56x442x326||DOTHRAKI||G||6||Peter & Paul Snowden||2||58.5kg||105|
|3||70x00x415x||LORD OF THE SKY||H||6||Robbie Laing||3||58.5kg||105|
|4||7x3189348x||MURT THE FLIRT||G||5||Brendan McCarthy||4||58.5kg||86|
|5||62351556×5||DAYTONA GREY||G||7||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||5||58.5kg||92|
|6||111121612x||CHOCOLATE HOLIC||G||4||Darren Weir||6||58.5kg||97|
|9||540466047x||GENERAL TRUCE||G||9||Tony Vasil||9||58.5kg||91|
|11||79x125735x||I AM GYPSY||M||5||Matthew Dale||11||56.5kg||88|
|12||9323526424||SUNDAY ESCAPE||G||6||Andrew Murray||12||58.5kg||84|
|14||63321x429x||SAHARA CHILL||M||6||Kane Harris||14||56.5kg||77|
|15||5x39x6111||UNIQUE LOVELY||F||3||Frankie Stockdale||15||56kg||74|
|16||1112x0x89x||DIVINE TEN||G||7||Kelvin Bourke||16||58.5kg||89|