A win by Lord Of The Sky at Caulfield on Saturday should be enough to earn the rising sprinting star a place in the Group 1 $400,000 Sportingbet Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on February 22.
Trainer Robbie Laing is hoping a win in the Listed $120,000 W.J. Adams Stakes (1000m) will lift Lord Of The Sky’s rating well above his current 80 mark and elevate him into the Group 1 field.
“He’s only an 80 rater but if he wins that will be four (wins) from his last four and you’d reckon that would get him in,” Laing told the Herald Sun.
“Saturday is a rise in the class but the beauty of him is that he can cruise at 11 (seconds) to the furlong and do it ears pricked – and he can go faster.”
Lord Of The Sky is stamping himself as a sprinter of the future with three wins from only four race starts and has been marked as the $2.20 favourite as he prepares to step up to Listed company for the first time.
Liang sent Lord Of The Sky for a decent spell after winning over 1000m at Caulfield in July as a two year old and then resumed for a comfortable win at Caulfield again over the same distance on December 7.
Laing stuck with the Caulfield 1000m and Lord Of The Sky caught the attention of punters and racegoers with a six and a half lengths win in the $80,000 National Patient Transport Plate with apprentice Patrick Moloney on January 15.
Top Melbourne jockey Glen Boss hops on Saturday and will no doubt tell the Cranbourne trainer if the Danerich colt is up to Group 1 standard of the Oakleigh Plate.
Lord Of The Sky’s three wins over the 1000m at Caulfield will be to his advantage as he takes on tough sprinters African Pulse, Shamal Wind, General Truce, Vatican and rejuvenated sprinter Esprit De Bullet.
Even though second favourite African Pulse ($4.60) is having his first run since finishing fifth over 1100m at Caulfield last April, the five year old has a perfect five from five first up record and is also unbeaten at his two attempts over the Caulfield 1000m with a bonus of having Damien Oliver to ride.
While the Robert Smerdon trained Shamal Wind ($8) hasn’t been tested over this course and distance, she was placed twice in Group company from her last three starts before a break.
The Dubawi mare ran second to Spirit Of Boom in the Group 2 $220,000 Perri Cutten Caulfield Sprint (1100m) at Caulfield on October 19 three starts back and then at her latest run came from well back in the field for second to Dystopia in the Group 3 $200,000 G.H. Mumm Stakes (1100m) at Flemington on November 7.
Vatican is also a last start winner over the Caulfield 1000m and was rewarded for some consistent form by taking out the Listed $120,000 PFD Food Services Doveton Stakes on December 7.
Topweight General Truce ($13) and Adelaide sprinter Esprit De Bullet ($21) are both last start 1000m Flemington winners.