Lord Of The Sky Back To Best
Laing-Trained Entire Shows Too Much Speed For Rivals In Bletchingly
Lord Of The Sky (Danerich), an often unfairly maligned sprinter, has rewarded Robbie Laing’s patience with an all-the-way victory in the Bletchingly Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m), 12 months after the trainer thought the entire’s career may be over.
In last year’s race, Lord Of The Sky was sent off a $4 favourite only to suffer a tendon injury in finishing last to Smokin' Joey (Encosta De Lago), but the rising six-year-old yesterday made amends and took his career earnings past $1,000,000.
With Damien Oliver back in the saddle for the first time in more than 12 months, Lord Of The Sky ($8) led throughout to defeat the $3.50 favourite Fast ‘N' Rocking (Fastnet Rock) by one and a half lengths, with Mahuta (Flying Spur) ($5.50) one and a quarter lengths away in third.
Oliver had ridden Lord Of The Sky to finish second in the TJ Smith Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m), behind Chautauqua (Encosta De Lago), and The Goodwood (Gr 1, 1200m) in Adelaide last year, and Laing said victory in either of those races would have seen the five-year-old head off to stud.
"All the stud masters tell me he's not worth standing until he's won a Group One," Laing said.
Now Laing wants to try Lord Of The Sky over 1400 metres in either the P B Lawrence Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) at Caulfield on 13 August or the Memsie Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) a fortnight later.
Laing also said there had been interest from an English breeder to race the sprinter in a couple of races overseas before standing him at stud.
"The ingredients of breeding fast horses in Australia is putting mares to fast stallions and there's not a faster horse in Australia than him," Laing said.
"There's an Englishman that has been watching pretty keenly.