Lordy aimed for Group 1 Glory this Saturday

Feb 05, 2018

Lord Of The Sky will chase a maiden Group 1 victory in Saturday's C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield after delighting trainer Robbie Laing with his performance in a Cranbourne trial on Monday morning.

The talented entire, who will join the stallion roster of the Hunter Valley's Kingstar Farm at the end of the season, made all in the 800-metre trial and held a two-and-a-half length margin over Fille Champagne and Our Gladiator on the line.

Laing said that in hindsight, the morning's opening trial over 1100m would've provided a more suitable lead-up to Saturday's seven-furlong contest but remains confident the seven-year-old is primed for the $500,000 feature.

"He's run 45.7 in second gear and he probably would've broken 45 (seconds) if we'd let him go," Laing said.

"The idea of today's trial was just to have a nice hit-out ahead of the C.F. Orr but if I'd known that the 1100m trial was going to be trial one I would've run in that.

"Ollie (Damien Oliver) let him run for an extra 100m past the winning post and he had a blow afterwards which is typical of him."

A first-up winner of the G3 Standish Handicap (1200m) at Flemington, Lord Of The Sky folded after battling Amber Sky for the lead in the Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m) last month.

Laing is forgiving the galloper for the last-start performance and is optimistic the dual G1 placegetter can give a good sight in the weight-for-age contest if allowed an uncontested lead.

Lord Of The Sky has raced twice over 1400m - He was fifth behind Miss Rose De Lago in last year's G2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes and was seventh behind Red Excitement in the 2015 Chester Manifold Stakes.

"If there's no real pace in the Orr, he'll be in it for a long way," he said.

"He's in really good form, apart from the Kensington Stakes where he and Amber Sky ran 10.5 (seconds) between the 800m and the 600m.

"We're only talking about tenths of seconds but his cruising speed is about 10.7 and when he goes quicker than that it just bottoms him out."Courtesy of Racing.Com

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