Trainer Robbie Laing has revealed that talented speedster Lord Of The Sky will have his next race start in the 2014 John Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on July 5.
Lord Of The Sky returned to the races with a narrow second in the Auckland Racing Club Handicap (1000m) at Flemington on April 25, where he was found to have suffered from a respiratory issue during the run, before returning to winning form in the Taralye Listen Learn Speak Handicap (1000m) at Caulfield on May 17.
Laing is hoping that Lord Of The Sky will be able to progress to Group 1 level during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, after missing the 2014 Melbourne Festival Of Racing, and told AAP that the son of Danerich will do little work before being given a barrier trial a week before the running of the John Monash Stakes.
“It seems to be a good recipe with him because he probably doesn’t do quite enough in his gallops,” Laing said.
“I want him to be a big, strong sprinter.
“We don’t have to do a lot with him except for the trial we’ll give him a week before.
“As soon as he gets out of the barriers, he runs 46.”
Lord Of The Sky made his racing debut with a fourth place finish in the IRT International Breakfast Plate (1118m) at Werribee on June 25 last year before stamping himself as a horse to watch with a blistering win in the Procal Dairies Handicap (1000m) at Caulfield on July 13.
The three-year-old was given a lengthy spell and was set for the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) during the 2014 Melbourne Festival of Racing after scoring comfortable wins in the National Patient Transport Handicap (1000m) at Caulfield on December 7 and the Guinot International (1000m) at the same venue on January 15; running impressive times in both starts.
Lord Of The Sky was extremely well-backed in the lead-up to the Listed W.J. Adams Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on February 1, but was never able to get into the race and was sent to the spelling paddock after pulling up shin sore.
The talented colt has stamped himself as one of the quickest horses in Victoria after producing a string of impressive barrier trial performances over 800 metres at Cranbourne in the past 12 months, including a four length romp before his last start victory.