Lord Of The Sky has undoubtedly found career-best form to date since returning to racing in 2015 and leads a talented field of 16 sprinters included in Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) nominations, to be contested at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday.
Posting a maiden black type victory in the 2014 edition of the Sir John Monash Stakes, Lord Of The Sky finished second in each of the Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) over summer, but failed to make anything of a competitive impact when eleventh in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) on February 28th.
Boxing on for a credible fourth in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) on March 4th, the Danerich entire produced a monumental turn of foot in the final straight at Randwick but was unlucky to be pipped on the line by Chautauqua.
Having progressed to another close second in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) most recently on May 16th, trainer Robbie Laing has been thrilled with the condition of the four-year-old in recent weeks and is confident of a successful title defence on Saturday.
Laing has also included Audino in 2015 Sir John Monash Stakes nominations, who is set to contest his first competitive start since running a disappointing tenth in the Listed Kilmore Cup (1600m) on February 22nd.
David Hayes and Tom Dabernig are also set to be offered two good chances of success in the 2015 Sir John Monash Stakes after including Miss Promiscuity and Pago Rock in nominations.
Posting four wins and as many minors through only 13 career starts, Miss Promiscuity charged home to win the Mitsubishi Superscreen Handicap (1100m) first-up on April 18th before finishing second in each of the Ern Jensen Funerals Handicap (1100m) and Group 3 Proud Miss Stakes (1200m) in her next two starts.
A strong and consistent performer in black type races through his entire 42 start career, Pago Rock clearly needed the run when 12th in the Listed Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m) first-up but almost responded in the best way possible when second in the All Victoria Sprint Series Heat (1100m) on May 9th.
Having since finished mid-pack in each of the Listed Straight Six (1200m) and Rod Johnson Handicap (1100m), the Rock Of Gibraltar gelding’s experience in black type races is sure to count for a lot in the Sir John Monash Stakes.
The 2015 Sir John Monash Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.