Cranbourne trainer Robbie Laing said Lord Of The Sky is ticking all the boxes ahead of his attempt to make it back-to-back wins in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes on Saturday.
The son of Danerich is an odds-on favourite to win the $150,000 feature race at Caulfield, and Laing is confident the entire can return to the winner’s list.
The four-year-old has not recorded a victory since saluting in the same race last year, when he blitzed his rivals to win by four-and-a-half lengths from Le Bonsir and Riziz.
The sprinter has been racing in impressive fashion at Group 1 level throughout the autumn, finishing fourth in the Newmarket Handicap in March and was runner-up in both the T.J. Smith Stakes and Darley Goodwood in close finishes at his past two starts.
Laing said he wasn’t concerned about Lord Of The Sky’s wide barrier draw of 11 this weekend and was confident he could secure a good result.
“He recovered from his slight injury that he sustained while trying to transport him to Brisbane for the Stradbroke, then had an easy week or two down at the beach,” he said.
“His work since then has been terrific, especially last Saturday he galloped over 600 metres and worked brilliantly.
“With the weather at the moment, a bit of rain around and the feature races at the end of the program now, drawing out wide might be an advantage.
“Come the second-last race, it might be better to be out wide.”
Laing said Lord Of The Sky was ticking all the boxes leading up to Saturday and should be the one to beat.
“As far as the ones that might be dangers, I’ve looked at which of his opposition would be able to run an inch away from winning the T.J. Smith, and there are not a lot of them,” he said.
“He’s very fit, loves Caulfield, a bit of soft ground won’t hurt, and his last runs at weight-for-age conditions have been great.
“He’s just happy at the moment, and looks fit and has a Spring-like coat on him.
“His couple of trips interstate have helped him too; he’s quite a relaxed horse now.
“Since we’ve been treating his lungs – we started him on the nebuliser six days prior to the Newmarket – he’s just improved by lengths and lengths.
“He should be right up there.”
Laing said he had his sights set on the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) for the four-year-old next.
“He’ll go to the Bletchingly Stakes next in a few weeks, then the one I’m really setting him to have a crack at is the Group 1 Memsie at Caulfield,” he said.
“Then he’ll probably need a break after that.”
Lord Of The Sky, who will be ridden by Damien Oliver on Saturday, is currently $1.85 with TAB fixed odds, followed by the Peter Moody-trained Angels Beach at $6.50, who is the only other horse at single-figure odds.