Michael Manley — Herald Sun
ROBBIE Laing is confident his star sprinter Lord Of The Sky can make it consecutive Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield this Saturday and end his year long drought as his last win was in that race last year.
Last year Lord Of The Sky won the Sir John Monash Stakes by four and a half lengths and stardom was predicted.
Surprisingly he’s been unsuccessful since but he has since run four seconds including two of the country’s top sprints at his last two starts the T.J. Smith Stakes at Ranwick and then the Darley Goodwood at Morphettville.
Laing has stated several times that since he discovered Lord Of The Sky was an asthmatic earlier this year he’s been able to turn his form around and deliver on his potential.
With this in mind, Laing has designed a winter program for Lord Of The Sky.
“Asthmatics tend to struggle in the hotter weather and are better in cooler weather so he’ll keep going until the early spring,” Laing said.
“Lord Of The Sky has been an example of this. He raced flat over summer and would pull up badly after his races,” he said.
“He got a cool day in Sydney in the T.J. Smith Stakes and ran the race of his life.”
Laing just returned from a holiday in the United States said he had been checking in regularly with the stable.
He said jockey Brian Higgins rode Lord Of The Sky in trackwork for the first time last Saturday and reported in to Laing that he was the fastest horse he had ridden by a long way.
Champion jockey Damien Oliver who has ridden him at his past two starts will ride him again on Saturday.
Laing said his plan with Lord Of The Sky is to set him for the Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 29 before spelling him and bringing him back next year for the T.J. Smith Stakes.