CRANBOURNE trainer Robbie Laing is confident his talented three-year-old Lord Of The Sky can handle the step up in class in tomorrow's $135,000 Group Three Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield.
But Laing admitted he was concerned about the big jump in weight.
The colt carried just 51kg and 51.5kg at his past two two starts, but has been burdened with 58kg under the weight-for-age conditions tomorrow, getting just 0.5kgs from his more seasoned rivals.
"I have thrown him in a couple of open sprints and he has been down on the minimum and claiming on the minimum," Laing told Racing Ahead.
"He goes up in weight pretty steep, but he is nearly a four-year-old and he has to come up against better company at some stage."
The son of Danerich has had two starts this campaign. He was surprisingly beaten into second place as an odds-on favourite when resuming in a restricted 1000m sprint at Flemington on April 25, but was later found to be suffering from a respiratory issue.
He then returned to his best form, easily winning an open handicap over 1000m at Caulfield on May 17.
The track was rated a slow seven yesterday, and with drizzle expected in the next 24 hours, is unlikely to be upgraded.
That should not hold too many fears for Lord Of The Sky. Three of his four wins (from just seven starts) have come on dead tracks, and he romped home in an 800m barrier trial on a heavy track at Cranbourne on May 12.
Laing said a strong gallop at Sandown seven days ago showed the speedster was ready for the toughest assignment of his short career.
"He is really good and he is starting to furnish into a lovely horse," Laing said. "His work has been very good."
Tattsbet had Lord Of The Sky at a $2.30 quote on fixed odds yesterday, with Le Bonsir on the next line at $5.50.
Adelaide visitor Riziz ($6), the Michael Moroney-trained African Pulse ($7) and wet-track specialist Ready To Rip ($7.50) were also well in commission.
As much as $8 was bet about Riziz earlier in the week
The five-year-old was third behind Smokin Joey in the Group One Goodwood Handicap (1200m) at Morphettville on May 10, before a disappointing 10th to Lonhspresso in the Listed Straight Six (1200m) at Flemington on May 24.
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