Lord Of The Sky Overview
A 2YO winner who was sound enough to race for five seasons, Lord of the Sky gives breeders a chance to put race record and toughness at the forefront of their breeding program.
Lord of the Sky was asked all the big questions in his racing career. Only six of his 32 starts weren’t in stakes company, and most of those were at the beginning of his career as a 2YO and early 3YO. Winner of the Gr3 Sir John Monash Stakes over 1100m at his eighth start, he took his record to five wins and a placing. From there, Lord of the Sky was sent out against the fastest sprinters in Australia, where he ran second to Chautauqua in the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes, second to Flamberge in the Gr1 Goodwood Handicap, and was fourth behind Brazen Beau, Chautauqua and Terravista in the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap. Lord of the Sky was competitive with the very best sprinters around, and that alone makes him excellent value for breeders wanting to inject speed into the progeny.
Lord of the Sky won group races at three, five and then impressively came back from injury to win again at group level as a 7YO. All up, he won seven races (three at group level) and over a million dollars.
Lord of the Sky embodies the qualities expected of a grandson of Danehill, and his sire is the well-bred group winning half-brother to dual Everest winner Redzel. This is a speed pedigree, as Danerich is out of Gr3 winning 2YO Millrich who also placed in thr Gr1 Golden Slipper. Lord of the Sky’s dam, Princess Abassi, won five races including a city class 2YO race, and this is the family of tough 13-race city winner Codicil.
For value and speed, Lord of the Sky is a serious option for broodmare owners.
Lord Of The Sky Pedigree
|PAS DE NOM|
|MILL RANI |
|PRINCESS ABASSI (AUS)|
|CARDINAL LASS (AUS)|
|BOOK OF KELLS|
|DISINEE LASS |
Lord Of The Sky BR News
Kingstar Focus on Speed Rewarding BreedersMon, 20 Sep 2021
The Hunter Valley’s Kingstar Farm is quickly building a reputation as a source of genuine speed stallions. Speed generally begets speed, and it’s obvious the quartet of sprinters standing at Matthew Sandblom’s property all had that in abundance. Having already secured emerging sires Lord of the Sky (Danerich) and Bull Point (Fastnet Rock) for stud duties, last year Kingstar launched the career of exceptional physical, dual stakes-winning 2YO Unite and Conquer (Hinchinbrook) whose first foals are – like their precocious sire – the talk of the town. His 2020 debut has been underpinned in 2021 by the arrival of gifted juvenile sprinter Time To Reign (Time for War). The dashing Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes winner has a pedigree to match his motor, being a half-brother to Gr1 Golden Slipper heroine She Will Reign. Boasting defeats of Bivouac, Yes Yes Yes, Dubious, Cosmic Force and Tassort, his first season fee of under $10,000 is proving a substantial drawcard for breeders. To view Kingstar’s 2021 stallions, click here or on the image.
Hunter Studs Support Queen of The ValleyWed, 4 Aug 2021
Owners of fillies or mares that race in next week’s Queen Of The Valley Matchmaker (Friday 13 August) will have access to an exciting list of stallions in the Hunter Valley, reports racingnsw.com.au. Widden, Vinery and Kingstar Farm have all offered nominations to some of their standing stallions for 2021 with the first three placegetters in the race able to access the list on a ‘first past the post’ allocation. “This concept has been available for several years at Muswellbrook Race Club and has always proven to be very popular,” said Muswellbrook Race Club's CEO, Duane Dowell. “The winning connections will get the first choice, then second place the next pick and so on.” Dowell noted, “The small change this year is that Kingstar Farm has offered multiple choices for their allocation so there is an even greater selection. The stallions on offer include Unite And Conquer, Bull Point or Lord Of The Sky (Kingstar), Press Statement (Vinery) and Supido (Widden). The feature race is a Benchmark 66 Handicap over 1280m for fillies and mares. Last year’s winner was the Rod Northam-trained Modernity (Foxwedge-Palia, by Last Tycoon). The raceday also marks the last day at Muswellbrook for outgoing CEO Duane Dowell who starts at Newcastle Jockey Club on 16 August.
Widden Stud's Supido (pic: Mark Gatt)
New Recruit Excites Kingstar ManagerFri, 30 Apr 2021
Reflecting on the exciting acquisition of juvenile speed machine Time To Reign (Time For War-Courgette, by Charge Forward) – see avove item – Kingstar Farm manager Adam Cook enthused, “We work hard at Kingstar to structure these stallions at an affordable fee to provide a return for breeders, whether with a basic nomination or breeding rights. We've secured one of the best 2YOs of his year, a Silver Slipper winner with a Golden Slipper pedigree and cannot wait to have breeders come and inspect him at Kingstar. You won't be disappointed." Aware of how brilliantly Time To Reign had trialled, defeating Verry Elleegant, Nakeeta Jane, Unforgotten and Patrick Erin Cook by 6.3-lengths, before picking up a virus he never overcame which was obvious in his handful of subsequent starts, Cook commented, "It was such a shame to see him go amiss as a 3YO as he grew and developed into a magnificent type and had the natural ability to match it with the best of his generation.” Time To Reign will join resident Kingstar Farm stallions Unite And Conquer (Hinchinbrook), Bull Point (Fastnet Rock) and Lord Of The Sky (Danerich) at their Hunter Valley property near Denman.
Time To Reign is standing at Kingstar Farm (pic: Steve Hart)
HTBA May Yearling Sale Now OnlineThu, 1 Apr 2021
Yearlings by leading sires such as Capitalist, Deep Field, So You Think, Zoustar, Sebring, All Too Hard, Toronado, Shamus Award, Dundeel, Nicconi, Ocean Park, Smart Missile, Rubick and More Than Ready headline a quality catalogue for the inaugural HTBA May Yearling Sale. An enhanced version of the former Scone Yearling Sale, the May Sale presents buyers a final opportunity to purchase a quality yearling in NSW before the breeding stock sales take centre stage. In total, 356 yearlings have been catalogued for the two-day auction at Riverside on Sunday May 2 and Monday May 3. Of those, 334 yearlings – or 94% of the catalogue - are BOBS Eligible. There are also yearlings by exciting young sires Extreme Choice, Flying Artie, Contributer, American Pharoah, Star Turn, Winning Rupert and Sooboog, as well as yearlings by a broad range of first season sires such as Russian Revolution, Merchant Navy, Caravaggio, Hellbent, Impending, Churchill, Invader, Pariah, Ribchester, Spieth, Supido, Lord Of The Sky and Jukebox. To view the HTBA May Yearling Sale catalogue, click here.
Yearlings by Capitalist are in strong demand (pic: Steve Hart)
Kingstar Yearlings' Potential Sky HighMon, 8 Feb 2021
If the rumours are true, then Kingstar Farm are due to hit the big time with their stallions. Bull Point has started his career in fine form, with Readily Availabull, Fearless Vision and Encoutabull; while first season sire Lord of the Sky (see below) has plenty of good judges talking about the quality of his stock. Kingstar Farm will present five Lord of the Sky yearlings in their draft of nine horses for the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. American broodmares, especially those with good race records, have done an excellent job at stud in Australia, and Lot 630 fits the bill as this colt is out of dual Listed winner Hadavision, who has already left three winners here. The first foal of four-time winning mare She Brings (Sebring), Lot 308, is a colt from an early maturing family; while Lot 325 is a colt out of a young winning three-quarter sister to Inglis Guineas winner Loved Up. Both of the Lord of the Sky fillies have solid pedigrees to recommend them, such as Lot 786 who is the half-sister to Listed 2YO winner Real Good; while Lot 657, who is the second foal of a winning Lonhro mare with many recent winners on the page to keep providing residual value. Kingstar Farm's Bull Point is represented by a colt, Lot 637, and he is a half-brother to two winners from a strong NZ family. The Classic draft for Kingstar Farm is rounded out by a beautifully bred Capitalist filly, Lot 504, whose tough Listed-winning dam's half-brother recently won a stakes race in Singapore; there's also a Rubick colt, Lot 140, whose dam is a half-sister to four-time Gr1 winner Divine Madonna; a Dalghar colt, Lot 696, who is a full-brother to stakes placed 2YO winner First Law and a half-brother to group winner Spirit Bird.
Rangal Park Stud Secures Caulfield Cup WinnerTue, 2 Jul 2019
A winner of eight races from 42 starts highlighted by a length and a quarter victory in the 2017 Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) where he defeated Single Gaze (Not A Single Doubt) and Johannes Vermeer (IRE) (Galileo), the former Lindsay Park Racing-trained Boom Time (Flying Spur) has retired from racing and will start his stud career at Victoria’s Rangal Park Stud this season. While his two black type victories were over 2000m and 2400m, Boom Time’s pedigree is a mix of speed and stamina, containing numerous Gr1 sprinters. The rising 8YO is out of the seven-time-winning Snippets mare A Bit Of A Ride, a three-quarter-sister to Scandinavia (Snippets), herself the dam of four black type winners led by Gr1 Magnus (Flying Spur), while Scandinavia is also the grand-dam of Champion, Horse of the Year and the unbeaten Black Caviar (Bel Esprit) as well as the Gr1 winner, Champion 3YO and successful young sire All Too Hard (Casino Prince). Set to command an initial fee of $6,600 inc GST, Boom Time will stand alongside Danerich (Danehill), the sire of Gr1 sprinter Lord Of The Sky.
Caulfield Cup winner Boom Time (pic: Mark Gatt)
Lord of the Sky Wins Gr3 Standish HandicapTue, 2 Jan 2018
At Flemington in Melbourne, some eighteen months since he last saluted the judge, lightly raced 7YO gelding Lord of the Sky (Danerich-Princess Abassi, by Abassi) made all for trainer Robbie Laing to win the $150,000 Gr3 Standish Handicap (1200m) down the famous straight six. Oliver took the roughie to the front soon after the start and simply idled there while behind him other runners, including favoured Toyboy, were looking for the best going. Put under pressure over the last 200m by closing 5YO mare Flippant (Hinchinbrook-Lady Beckworth, by General Nediym), Lord of the Sky dug deep to hold on by 0.1-length, with 5YO gelding Chamois Road (Choisir-Alpine Club, by Model Man) finishing strongly for third. Lord of the Sky now has 7 wins and 5 runners-up from 28 starts for $1,111,250 earnings.
Lord Of The Sky Returns to TrackWed, 28 Jun 2017
Talented Melbourne sprinter Lord Of The Sky (Danerich-Princess Abassi, by Abassi) is back in work with trainer Robbie Laing after his owners failed to find him a home at stud, reports the Herald Sun. The 6YO was bound for the Mitchell's Yarraman Park Stud at Scone, but a deal fell through at the last minute. "It was nearly over the line. Harry [Mitchell] loved the horse, but in the finish he didn't think his dam line was deep enough,'' Laing said. "There were a couple of small studs happy to stand him for the owners, but they decided they wanted to race him again." Laing added: "There's horses coming out here from England with Group 2 form going to stud and he's got Group 1 Australian sprint form. I don't get it." Laing said Lord Of The Sky would trial at Cranbourne next week ahead of his early spring targets, the Sir John Monash Stakes on 15 July and the Bletchingly Stakes on 29 July at Caulfield. "He's done a lot of work. His tendon has been scanned and it's strong," Laing said.
Gr1 Memsie Stakes Final Field & Barrier DrawThu, 25 Aug 2016
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $500,000 Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) to be run at Caulfield racecourse this Saturday, 27 August. Strong favourite for the race is the Darren Weir-trained Gr1 Goodwood winner Black Heart Bart at $2.70, ahead of stable-mates Mahuta ($5.50) and Palentino ($6.50). Alpine Eagle is rated a $13 chance, Australian Oaks and Australian Derby winners Sofia Rosa and Tavago are both at $15, as is Tarzino, while Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance is the second longest priced runner at $41. The field is:
- PRINCE OF PENZANCE (Darren Weir-Harry Coffey) 59kg (11)
- BLACK HEART BART (Darren Weir-Brad Rawiller) 59kg (5)
- LORD OF THE SKY (Robbie Laing-Damien Oliver) 59kg (1)
- CHARMED HARMONY (John Sadler-Thomas Sadler) 59kg (3)
- HE OR SHE (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-D Dunn) 59kg (12)
- TASHBEEH (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-Cory Parish) 59kg (14)
- ALPINE EAGLE (Tony McEvoy-Luke Currie) 59kg (6)
- MAHUTA (Darren Weir-John Allen) 58.5kg (2)
- TARZINO (Mick Price-Craig Newitt) 58.5kg (9)
- TAVAGO (Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-Ben Melham) 58.5kg (8)
- PALENTINO (Darren Weir-Mark Zahra) 58.5kg (10)
- TALLY (John O'Shea-Michael Dee) 58.5kg (13)
- RISING ROMANCE (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-D Lane) 57kg (4)
- SOFIA ROSA (Stephen Marsh-Michael Walker) 56.5kg (7)
Breeders' Cup On Radar For Top SprinterWed, 24 Aug 2016
Trainer Robbie Laing has revealed that there has been American interest in sponsoring talented sprinter Lord Of The Sky to compete at the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park in November. The race that connections have in mind is the US$1 million Turf Sprint over 1300 metres. "There is a chap that is very interested in sponsoring him to run on Breeders' Cup day and I'd say we'd be a 50/50 chance of going," Laing told racing.com. However, before any overseas travel plans are made Laing is focusing on having the 6YO entire ready for Saturday's Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. It will be Lord Of The Sky's second try at seven furlongs after finishing fifth (beaten 2 lengths) behind Miss Rose de Lago in the Gr2 PB Lawrence Stakes last start. "He's had the one race over 1400 metres this time in which will certainly have him that little bit tougher and most of the field are stayers on the way back," lain said. "As far as fitness is concerned, he's 100 per cent. I won't get him any better than what he'll be on Saturday."
Gr2 PB Lawrence Stakes Final Field & Barrier DrawThu, 11 Aug 2016
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $200,000 Gr2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) to be run at Caulfield on Saturday. Favourite for the race is the Darren Weir-trained Mahuta at $4 ahead of last-start Gr3 Bletchingly Stakes winner Lord Of the Sky and dual Gr1-winning mare Suavito who share the second line of betting at $5.50. The only other horses under double-figure odds are Miss Rose de Lago at $7 and reigning Tasmanian Horse of the Year The Cleaner at $9. The final field is:
1. SMOKIN' JOEY (Wez Hunter-Chris Parnham) 59kg (9)
2. THE CLEANER (Peter Gelagotis-Steven Arnold) 59kg (2)
3. LORD OF THE SKY (Robbie Laing-Mark Zahra) 59kg (11)
4. JACQUINOT BAY (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-D Lane) 59kg (3)
5. ENTIRELY PLATINUM (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-D Dunn) 59kg (14)
6. AWESOME ROCK (Leon & Troy Corstens-Stephen Baster) 59kg (4)
7. TALL SHIP (Darren Weir-Dean Yendall) 59kg (12)
8. MAGNAPAL (Terry & Karina-O'Sullivan-Luke Currie) 59kg (13)
9. BERISHA (Robert Smerdon-Ben Thompson) 59kg (15)
10. NEVIS - scratched
11. MAHUTA (Darren Weir-Brad Rawiller) 58.5kg (5)
12. SUAVITO (Nigel Blackiston-Michael Walker) 57kg (7)
13. SET SQUARE (Ciaron Maher-Nicholas Hall) 57kg (10)
14. MISS ROSE DE LAGO (Danny O'Brien-Damien Oliver) 57kg (1)
15. JAMEKA (Ciaron Maher-Craig Williams) 56.5kg (8)
Girl Guide Supported In MonashFri, 15 Jul 2016
The Ciaron-Maher-trained Girl Guide has been well supported to make a successful return to racing in tomorrow's Gr3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield, reports AAP. The 6YO mare - who hasn't raced since finishing a well beaten eighth in the Wangoom Handicap during the Warrnambool carnival in May - has been backed from $11 into $6 to win the sprint feature. Should Girl Guide be successful, it will be just her second black-type victory since winning the Gr3 How Now Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in September 2014. Favourite for the race is the David Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained Fast 'N' Rocking at $4.60 with Wild Rain sharing the second line with Girl Guide at $6. Lord Of the Sky, winner of the 2014 edition of the Sir John Monash Stakes, is next best at $7. Click here to view all the form and fields for Caulfield.
Laing Confident With Lord Of The SkyFri, 3 Jul 2015
Trainer Robbie Laing says he is confident that Lord Of The Sky (Danerich-Princess Abassi, by Abassi) can mount a successful defence of his title in Saturday's Gr3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield, reports racing.com. The 4YO entire recorded a brilliant 4.5-length win in last year's edition of the Monash, and has since taken his form to another level finishing runner-up in the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (behind Chautauqua) & Gr1 Goodwood (behind Flamberge) at his past two outings. Laing says he is unconcerned by Lord Of The Sky's wide draw of 11 and is confident he will be hard to beat. "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." He added: "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. He should be right up there." Laing said the Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on 29 August was Lord Of The Sky's main target. "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."
El Roca Breeders Reward SchemeTue, 30 Jun 2015
Westbury Stud have announced a special deal for breeders looking to support recently retired Group One performer El Roca (Fastnet Rock-Rubimill, by Rubiton), reports NZ Racing Desk. The son of Fastnet Rock stands at NZ$7,500 plus GST with a Live Foal Guarantee and payment is not required until 1 June 2016. Those that breed to El Roca in year one can look forward to a half price service fee in year two and a free service in years three and four respectively. "The aim of this scheme is to offer breeders some relief if they breed a filly and to allow them the chance to breed a couple of colts at an economical cost," Westbury Stud's Sales Manager Gareth Smith said. El Roca is out of the unraced Rubiton mare Rubimill, a full-sister to Gr3 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner & Golden Slipper placegetter Millrich. Millrich, in turn, is the dam of Gr3 winner Danerich, sire of Robbie Laing's brilliant sprinter Lord Of The Sky.
Punters Stumped By Stradbroke MarketThu, 4 Jun 2015
Meanwhile, the betting market for Saturday's Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap, where $6 favourite Lumosty's appearance is highly unlikely, has punters all at sea. After a favourable inside barrier draw, Srikandi has firmed into $10 from $13, however that still leaves a cluster of horses between $7 and $10. They include Boban ($8), Sacred Star (10), Generalife ($9), Charlie Boy ($7), Knoydar ($8.50), Black Hart Bart ($7) and Delectation ($7.50). With Lord Of The Sky ($15) and Hot Snitzel ($16) also strongly in the mix, about the only certainty could be the weather where even the chance of a small shower is likely to see the track rated good.
Stradbroke Start Still Doubtful For LumostyWed, 3 Jun 2015
Lumosty remains a borderline chance of making the field for Saturday's $2 million Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) after the connections of El Roca and Lord Of The Sky confirmed they will be acceptors for the race, reports horseracing.com.au. "No point worrying about what you can't change," trainer Robert Smerdon told Sky's Racing HQ. "She is good. I have been happy with her all through. No problems. She flies up tonight (Tuesday)." The Phil Sly and Katsumi Yoshida-owned Lumosty (Fastnet Rock-Luminous Eyes, by Bachelor Duke) has been in brilliant form this campaign, winning both her starts since returning from a long lay-off after surgery to remove bone chips from her fetlock. The talented daughter of Fastnet Rock showed the benefit of that break when clocking a sub-33 sec final 600m split to win impressively first-up at Flemington over 1100m, before scoring a stylish victory in the Listed Straight Six Handicap (1200m) at the same track on 23 May. The original plan was to run Lumosty in the Dane Ripper Stakes at Doomben this Saturday as a prep for the Gr1 Tattersall's Club Tiara (1400m) at the Gold Coast on 20 June, but the ease of her most recent win convinced Smerdon to step her up to Gr1 level. "We thought she was going well, we were happy with her and first up we went in there thinking she had a good hope of winning," Smerdon said. "But to put them away the way she did. To be fair we were never looking at the Stradbroke." He added: "You put a lot of horses in the early noms in these races just in case, she was one of those, but after her first up win we thought we would have to really think about the race and then she repeated it second up so it changed our focus." Lumosty will run in the Gr2 Dane Ripper Stakes if she fails to gain a start in the Stradbroke.
Flamberge Wins Gr1 GoodwoodMon, 18 May 2015
At Morphettville in South Australia, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) celebrated a Gr1 success when 5YO gelding Flamberge (Exceed and Excel-Razor Blade, by Blazing Sword) scored a surprise 0.7-length win for trainer Peter Moody in the $500,000 Gr1 Goodwood (1200m) for 3YO+, over 4YO entires Lord Of The Sky (Danerich-Princess Abassi, by Abassi) & Under The Louvre (Excellent Art-Barcelona Girl, by Noverre). Flamberge took his record to 8 wins (including the Gr3 Heath Stakes, Gr3 Sebring Stakes & Gr3 Standish Handicap) & 8 placings (including the Gr2 Rubiton Stakes & Gr3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes) from 27 starts for $990,300 earnings. A homebred for newly elected Racing Victoria chairman David Moodie's Contract Racing, Flamberge is a full brother to dual Listed winner Curtana and a half-brother to Gr2 winner Sunburnt Land (Scenic) from the brilliant Gr3-winning sprinter Razor Blade.
Chautauqua Wins Gr1 TJ Smith StakesTue, 7 Apr 2015
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Coolmore's former dual Champion Australian Sire Encosta De Lago (Fairy King-Shoal Creek, by Star Way) celebrated a Gr1 success when 4YO gelding Chautauqua (Encosta de Lago-Lovely Jubly, by Lion Hunter) scored by 0.1-length for the training triumvirate of John, Wayne and Michael Hawkes in the $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over 4YO entire Lord Of The Sky (Danerich-Princess Abassi, by Abassi) & 5YO gelding Terravista (Captain Rio-Parfore, by Gold Brose). This was a well deserved maind Gr1 victory for Chautauqua who took his record to 6 wins (including the Gr2 Rubiton Stakes, Gr2 Gilgai Stakes, Gr3 Bobbie Lewis Handicap & Gr3 Hawkesbury Guineas) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap, Gr1 Darley Classic & Listed Gosford Guineas) from 13 starts for $2,353,250 earnings. Bred by the Throsby family, who raced his dam Lovely Jubly, Chautauqua was passed in for $300,000 at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale and was retained to race by his breeders in partnership with prominent owner Rupert Legh, whose blue and gold lightning bolt silks Chautauqua carried to victory. Chautauqua is the second stakes winner from Gr1 BRC Sires' Produce Stakes winner Lovely Jubly who has also produced Gr3 SAJC Breeders' Stakes winning filly London Lolly (Charge Forward). "Honestly, he was never in a winning position. To come from last today....that was pretty freaky," co-trainer Wayne Hawkes told Sky Racing. "It's just great to finally get the Gr1 out of the road." Co-trainer Michael Hawkes said that Chautauqua would now be spelled to prepare for the spring and a possible trip to Hong Kong later in the year. "We will take stock but probably head toward the spring and maybe head over the Hong Kong at the end of the year," he said. "We thought about Royal Ascot but he's a gelding, so it's probably best just to keep him here at home."
Chautauqua - grey (image: Steve Hart)
Dissident Heads Australia Stakes NomsTue, 20 Jan 2015
Peter Moody's multiple Gr1 winning stable-mates Dissident and Moment Of Change head the nominations for Saturday's Gr2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley. Last year's winner Richie's Vibe, Gr1 winner Smokin' Joey, Lord Of The Sky, and track specialist It Is Written are among the other entries for the race which has attracted a field of 10 runners. Nominations have been extended until 10am today.
Injury Explains Lord Of The Sky Poor FormWed, 6 Aug 2014
Talented sprinter Lord Of The Sky will be rested for at least two months due to a shoulder injury, reports horseracing.com.au. The injury was detected following the sprinter's two recent failures as an odds-on favourite in the Gr3 Bletchingly Stakes and a 1000m handicap at Moonee Valley last Saturday. Trainer Robbie Laing had the colt thoroughly examined by his vet who found a tear in his off-front shoulder muscle. "The vet said before I do the ECG do you know he has badly torn a muscle in his shoulder and I said 'no and I didn't have any idea'," Laing told the Herald Sun. "He pulled up panting after the race, like a pain blow and I thought he'd gone shin sore again but he hadn't." The Cranbourne trainer is confident there will be no long-term damage. "He needs rest and he'll come back as good as ever," Laing added. "He'll have to give him the rest of August and even the all of September out. He is only a young horse."