Having initially underlined a start in the feature race as highly unlikely, trainer Robbie Laing has revealed he will saddle talented and luckless sprinter Lord Of The Sky in Saturday’s 2015 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) should the Doomben course exhibit a bone-dry track.
Lord Of The Sky took a couple of runs to find form upon resuming through the 2015 Autumn Carnival, but has arguably mustered career-best condition most recently; following up a credible fourth in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) with consecutive second place finishes in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m).
Pleased with the continued form and class displayed by the Danerich entire in recent weeks, Laing told Racing Victoria he will leave the decision on a 2015 Stradbroke Handicap berth as late as possible but is confident his runner is up to the task should the Doomben track be dry.
“If the track is really even and the weather stays terrific then that doesn’t hurt him, he can run blistering time on good ground,” Laing said.
“If it was really wet we thought he might be able to scout out wide and that would suit him also.
“What we really don’t want to run him on is a track that’s cut to pieces and we thought if it’s Good 4 to a Soft 6 with all the racing that’s been at Doomben lately the track might be a bit chopped up.
“I’ll leave the decision until as late as possible just before acceptances on Wednesday.
“We give him a week to get over each run and he’s really in the zone now that we’re racing him only every fourth or fifth week and he just seems to be thriving on that routine.
“He’s got a spring coat on him at the moment that you can almost comb your hair in at the moment he looks that well.”
Posting five wins and as many minors over his eighteen career starts so far, Lord Of The Sky arguably stamped his claims as one to watch through a standout 2014 Melbourne winter prep, highlighted by successes in the Listen Learn Speak Handicap (1000m) and Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m).
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