The Melbourne Racing Club has received over a double century of nominations for the Taralye Race Day at Caulfield this Saturday.

On the back of a devastating trial performance at Cranbourne this morning, most interest centres on boom three-year-old Lord Of The Sky form the Robbie Laing yard.

The talented son of Danerich, a winner of three of his six career starts, won an 800m trial by an impressive four lengths, running two seconds faster than any other heat on the day.

Laing has entered Lord Of The Sky for the for the $100,000 Super VOBIS Three-Year-Old Handicap (1200m) and the $80,000 Open Handicap (1000m), with the trainer leaning to the latter for the speedster who was beaten by a nose when resuming at Flemington on Anzac Day.

The 1000m Open Handicap received 28 nominations prior to today’s 12pm deadline and while Lord Of The Sky is likely to be the early elect in most markets, he could face a field with plenty of depth including the likes of Byron Cozmanis’s Listed Doveton Stakes (1000m) winner Vatican and Darren Weir’s multiple Stakes-winning sprinter Broken.

The two-year-olds take centre stage in the $80,000 Super VOBIS Plate (1200m) where 27 nominations were received.

The Peter Moody stable has a strong contingent including two juveniles raced by the late Hall Of Fame jockey turned syndicator Roy Higgins. 

The Roy Higgins and Wylie Dalziel Racing colours will be worn by Easy Drama, a son of Real Saga, who saluted on debut winning the $180,000 VOBIS Gold Ingot (1200m) before a third placing in the Listed $120,500 Redoute’s Choice (1200m) behind Pressing and Petrology.

Chica Caliente, adaughter of Testa Rossa, could make her debut in the second set of Higgins’ colours while It’s About You completes a trio of Moody entrants.

Darley head trainer John O’Shea will be looking to keep his winning sequence alive in Melbourne after Alaska saluted at Sandown last week. Segregation could be his second Victorian runner since taking over as Darley head trainer at the start of the month.

Clinton McDonald nominated Miss Mayflower and Nightspun while multiple entries were also received from David Hayes with Devil’s Harmony and My Michelle.

While local trainer Ciaron Maher has nominated Listed Merson Cooper (1000m) placegetter Heavy and Zizou colt Lovable Rouge for the juvenile feature, much of his focus could be on unbeaten galloper Akavoroun who has been entered for the $100,000 Open Handicap (1600m).

After nearly a year away from the track, Akavoroun resumed on day one of the Warrnambool Carnival with a stylish 1.5 length win. Maher has a strong hand in the Open mile with multiple stakes winner Moudre also likely to line up on his home track.

Last start winner Onpicalo from the Mick Price yard could chase back-to-back success over the Caulfield mile with Mighty Like, a winner of his past three starts, and Harveys True Heart rounding out the Price trio, potentially giving the Caulfield horseman a strong hand in one of the most competitive races on the program.

Full fields for Saturday’s Caulfield meeting can be found here