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Laing Confident With Lord Of The Sky
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."