Robbie Laing plotting hit-and-run mission with LOTS for Stradbroke
ROBBIE Laing is planning an audacious hit and run Stradbroke mission for T.J. Smith runner-up Lord Of The Sky, with the speedster likely to take his place in the $2 million sprint without another start.
Lord Of The Sky went within a stride of causing one of the biggest upsets of the season when narrowly beaten by Chautauqua in the T.J. Smith last Monday.
Rather than take on traditional lead-ups like the BTC Cup and Doomben 10,000, Laing feels a fresh tilt might be his best chance of picking up the lucrative prize.
“I might throw all my eggs into the Stradbroke basket,” Laing said.
“Ideally I would like to keep him at home and fly him up the night before, but if that’s not possible, I will take him up to Paul Messara’s place (at Scone) and leave him there.”
Laing feels the handicap, run at Doomben this year, is an ideal target for the son of Danerich, who had run fourth in the Newmarket Handicap before his bold Randwick bid.
“If you can run 1200m at Randwick, he will get 1350m around Doomben,” Laing said.
“Damien (Oliver) said it was only losing concentration that cost him the T.J. He had a big enough break with 50m to go, but he caught sight of the winning post and just lost it a bit.
“Prior to that he had done all the hard work and was left on his own.”