2016 The Goodwood for Lord Of The Sky

April 12th, 2016

Lord Of The Sky has been less-than impressive through two starts this time, but trainer Robbie Laing has revealed the 2016 The Goodwood (1200m) will still figure as the horse’s major target should he continue to improve.

Lord Of The Sky will target the 2016 The Goodwood, despite a lacklustre autumn campaign. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Lord Of The Sky will target the 2016 The Goodwood, despite a lacklustre autumn campaign. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Lord Of The Sky was rated some chance of success in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) first-up on March 5th but was pulled out of the race in the final straight by jockey Glyn Schofield after failing to maintain a good late pace.

Having again found a good position in transit in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) on March 19th, the Danerich entire clipped the heels of some of his rivals leading into the straight and was again muscled out of the race by Zac Purton.

Laing is yet to be convinced by the form displayed by Lord Of The Sky in work and a Tuesday morning trial, but revealed an appearance in The Goodwood remains a possibility.

“It was ok,” Laing told Racing Victoria.

“He’s gone away a bit since Sydney, had a few weeks off and a little bit big in condition.

“I think we’ll go to Adelaide for The Goodwood. I don’t suppose Flamberge will be there and a few of the sprinters are heading to the Stradbroke.

“If he can get him back on song, he’ll be a chance but he need to improve a bit on what he did today.

“He showed paced, looked a chance but then when he got on the straight he looked like a boat without a rudder – he went in, he went out, clipped heels and both riders saw fit to grab hold of him and ease him out of the race.

“We’re trying to get him right and if he we can’t we’ll turn him out.”

Lord Of The Sky has been a strong and largely consistent performer through his entire twenty-two start career so far; posting five wins and as many minors since first appearing on course in 2013.

Undoubtedly finding career-best form to date through the 2015 autumn, Lord Of The Sky returned for eleventh in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m); progressing to fourth in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) before finishing a close second in each of the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) and The Goodwood.

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