Group 1 in sight for Lord Of The Sky

Cranbourne trainer Robbie Laing signalled a possible European stud career for Lord Of The Sky after his brilliant sprinter won the G3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.

Laing is the managing part-owner of Lord Of The Sky and revealed there had been interest from English and French farms for the front-running son of Danerich.  “The horse is on the market but only if the price is right,” he said on Saturday.  “It has to be more than $1 million.

“I would prefer to stand him in Victoria but studmasters here keep telling me he has to win a Group 1.  He was beaten an inch by Chautauqua in last year’s T J Smith and was runner-up to Flamberge in the Goodwood.”

Lord Of The Sky will get another Group 1 opportunity in the Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 27.  “That will suit him bowling along in front,” Laing predicted.  “He will reel off sectionals that will make it hard for the backmarkers to run him down.”

“The ingredients to breeding fast horses in Australia is to use the fastest stallions and there’s not a stallion in Australia that can go with him when we let him loose.”

Laing also flagged the option of an overseas campaign targeting a Group 1 sprint at the Arc de Triomphe meeting at Chantilly.

Overseas offers for Lord Of The Sky began after he won a Caulfield 1000m juvenile in July 2013 clocking 58.16s.  A $500,000 deal from Hong Kong was the first to be knocked back and the colt has gone on to win 6 races in 24 starts for a syndicate that includes John Bennetts, Chris & Annette Handley, Tony Iacuone and George Skliros.

Laing also trained Danerich to a Group 3 victory in the 2005 McNeil Stakes at Caulfield and he bred Lord Of The Sky from Flemington winner Princess Abassi.

Danerich (Danehill) stands for a $6,600 (inc gst) fee at Rangal Park Stud in Euroa.