One of the country’s fastest horses, Lord Of The Sky, has found a home for spring’s breeding season with the seven-year-old stallion to stand at Kingstar Farm in the Hunter Valley.
His delighted trainer Robbie Laing confirmed the news on Friday, declaring Lord Of The Sky could become a prime source of speed for breeders keen to tap into his brilliance.
“Kingstar Farm near Denman have bought the horse and they wanted to stand a really quick horse and there aren’t too many faster than him,” Laing said of Lord Of The Sky.
“I’m so relieved because I’m certain he’ll pass on that blistering speed to his progeny. The only disappointing thing is that once again Victorian breeders are going to miss out with another quality speed stallion going to the Hunter (Valley).”
Kingstar Farm is owned by noted breeder Matthew Sandblom, who is also a part-owner of Newgate Farm. Lord Of The Sky will stand alongside other young stallions Bull Point, Monaco Consul and Salade from this spring but his fee is yet to be determined.
“His (Sandblom’s) stud master came down and said ‘What we like about him is that he was a brilliant metropolitan winner at two, a Group winner at three, four and five. He didn’t race at six and then first-up at seven he won the Standish’.”
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The deal allows the current owners to continue to race the horse until May, with Laing claiming he’ll only target elite races with the multiple Stakes winner.
“He’s trialling on Monday and then running in the C.F. Orr (Stakes) the next Saturday,” the trainer said. “He’s flying at the moment but if there’s a problem along the way, we’ll just pull the pin on his racing career.
“The stud has been very good and they are allowing us to run him as much as we want before May but we’ll be guided totally by the horse.
“We’ve got to do the right thing by the stud as they’ve paid a bit of money for him and I am so appreciative that they’ve grabbed him that I’ll protect his record. We want what’s best for the horse.”
Also trialling at Cranbourne on Monday is Laing’s other elite-class galloper, Missrock, who will return to racing on February 17 in one of the toughest races of them all – the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning at Flemington.
“Her best runs every preparation are first-up, so we thought we might as well make it a Group 1,” he said.
“I think this is the best she’s ever gone so we’re really looking forward to her getting back to the races.”