In a coaching feat by means of Daniel Meagher, Lim’s Lightning went one higher within the $1 million Kranji Mile the previous day to turn out he used to be nonetheless the equine king in Singapore.
With huge growth in only one get started, after his 6th putting in his first race of the 2022 marketing campaign, the reigning Horse of the Year produced a excellent flip of foot underneath jockey Wong Chin Chuen to seize the International Group 3 and Singapore Group 1 race in 1min 33.25sec – and rewrite the file for the 1,600m at the lengthy path.
The Lim’s Stable-owned champion, who used to be 2nd to Minister by means of only a head remaining 12 months, shaved 0.03sec off Magneto’s time set with most effective 50.5kg in 2014.
The Kranji Mile used to be run at set-weights. The capability box of 16 carried 57kg.
Minister, educated by means of Donna Logan and ridden by means of A’Isisuhairi Kasim, may end most effective 9th.
The Jerome Tan-trained $378 outsider, Sacred Croix, stormed house underneath jockey Rizuan Shafiq to complete 2nd, a 1/2- size away.
Another 1/2-length at the back of used to be the Steven Burridge-trained $61 shot Mr Malek, who used to be ridden by means of visiting Brazilian jockey Bernardo Pinheiro, who gained on his different two mounts (see effects).
Lim’s Lightning proved he used to be an ordinary thoroughbred by means of shooting 3 Group 1s remaining 12 months together with his versatility.
He gained the Lion City Cup over 1,200m, the Raffles Cup over 1,600m and the Singapore Gold Cup over 2,000m. The Gold Cup used to be his remaining race earlier than being rested. He resumed on April 30.
Meagher used to be ecstatic to have adopted the footsteps of his father, John, an Australian Hall of Famer who gained the Melbourne Cup with What A Nuisance in 1985, in successful the similar classics as his dad.
“It means so much to win for my father,” he mentioned, choking with emotion.
His father, whose Kranji Mile successes had been with Mayo’s Music in 2004 and Recast in 2006, had additionally gained the Lion City Cup, Raffles Cup and Singapore Gold Cup.
There had been raised eyebrows when Lim’s Lightning’s triple-classic spouse, Danny Beasley, used to be nominated at the strong’s inheritor obvious, Lim’s Kosciuszko, who sooner or later completed tenth. The journey on Lim’s Lightning went to Wong.
The transfer became out to be the successful transfer – and it used to be no longer Beasley who jumped off Lim’s Lightning, as maximum idea.
“We decided. It wasn’t his decision. He would suit Kosciuszko, CC would suit Lightning and give those two the best chance of winning,” defined Meagher.
“It’s disappointing for Dan. He’s a part of the crew, a part of the circle of relatives. But he used to be as glad as somebody else that probably the most horses gained.
“He’s a true friend. A gentleman that he is, he knows it’s teamwork. I feel sorry for Dan, but great for CC.”
Turning to Lim’s Lightning, he mentioned: “He’s an amazing horse, he’s a great horse. He showed his true class.”
The transfer most likely led to Lim’s Kosciuszko, whose successful streak used to be ended at 8 by means of Gold Star at his remaining get started, turning into the primary favorite at $13. Gold Star ($73) beat just one house.
Lim’s Lightning used to be the second one fancy, at $18. Wong used to be credited with an 11-out-of-10 journey at the Lope De Vega six-year-old.
The two-time former champion apprentice parked his mount 3rd at the back of Fame Star, who led by means of two lengths from Lim’s Kosciuszko.
Lim’s Kosciuszko overtook the $489 roughie on straightening, however did not kick on.
Wong, who were hugging the paint after ranging from Gate 4, discovered a saloon passage at the within. He hit the entrance 250m out and cleared away.
Sacred Croix completed immediate, however the fowl had flown.
“It’s an amazing feeling when we raced past the winning post. This is my first Group 1, big thanks to the owner and all the connections,” mentioned the Kedah-born Wong.
“He had a excellent draw and he surely made my process more uncomplicated. I jumped and let him stability himself properly.
“He were given to the rail and used to be travelling fantastically and very easily. He settled rather well and sat simply at the back of the tempo.
“Come into the immediately, I simply waited for the run. Eventually it got here via at the fence. Once the distance opened, the pony simply did it by means of himself.
“The feeling is amazing, he responded really well. He’s a proven horse, he’s the Horse of the Year 2021. He knew what to do.”
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