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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, above, is among the nominations for the Sir John Monash Stakes at Caulfield. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

Lord Of The Sky, above, is among the nominations for the Sir John Monash Stakes at Caulfield. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

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
1 0x98x4408x FLAMBERGE G 7 Darren Weir 1 58.5kg 110
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
7 57x7710x61 CASHED G 5 Ryan Balfour 7 58.5kg 84
8 116×151517 ASHLOR G 3 Daniel McCarthy 8 58kg 84
9 540466047x GENERAL TRUCE G 9 Tony Vasil 9 58.5kg 91
10 1x113x930x SUPIDO H 5 Michael Kent 10 58.5kg 101
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
13 7x3516x476 O’MALLEY G 6 Enver Jusufovic 13 58.5kg 90
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

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.


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