Trainer Robbie Laing says Lord Of The Sky is probably the fastest horse he has trained and also the most laid back.
Lord Of The Sky runs this Saturday in the Group I Goodwood Handicap (1200m) at Morphettville and prepared with an easy barrier trial under Damien Oliver at Cranbourne on Monday, finishing third behind stablemate Sinhala in 46.97 seconds on a heavy track.
Laing did not want Lord Of The Sky to have “a gut-buster” following an experience earlier in the year with the four-year-old.
“He flew in a trial here the Monday before the Oakleigh Plate then disappointed on the day, so I didn’t want him doing that again,” Laing said.
Laing, who trained Lord Of The Sky’s sire Danerich and bred Lord Of The Sky, says they both possess enormous natural speed, but the father and son differ greatly in one area.
“Danerich would have a gallop, a trial, a race and then go home and walk the box for the next 24 hours,” Laing said.
“This fella does whatever you ask him then goes home and lies down, he’s a freak.”
Lord Of The Sky goes into the race off the back of a narrow defeat to Chautauqua in the Group I TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 6 and Laing is confident of a forward showing this Saturday with just one reservation.
“I’m not sure speed horses are necessarily suited in the Goodwood but I can’t change the way he races,” Laing said.
“He’ll likely be up in the first two or three and hopefully he can get into some good going in the straight.
“It’s a funny track Morphettville, they race there nearly every Saturday and you’d think with a horse that can lead the inside section of the track would be good but the last few years they’ve been getting out off the fence in the straight so hopefully he can get out into some good going where it counts.”