Singapore Racing - Weekend Review - 14th and 16th of April
Emerging sprinter Lim's Cruiser stamped himself as one of the best in the land following his dominant success in the Group 1 Lion City Cup on Sunday.
An impressive winner first up in the Group 3 Rocket Man Sprint, Lim's Cruiser proceeded to take that next step when notching up his first Group 1 success.
Stable star Emperor Max bled, however take nothing away from Lim's Cruiser, his performance was very impressive.
Sticking to the fence on straightening, Lim's Cruiser didn't go around a horse and enjoyed a saloon passage up the inside.
Travelling boldly, Lim's Cruiser burst through in-between Emperor Max and Wimbledon, hitting the front shortly after.
The Ricardo Le Grange trained Storm Troops briefly loomed up on the outside, however once cut loose, it was all over with Lim's Cruiser asserting his dominance over the concluding stages.
The Michael Clements trained Alibi worked home well to finish second, however he was clearly no match, with Lim's Cruiser winning comfortably by two lengths.
Despite only saluting narrowly first up, Lim's Cruiser looked to win with a bit in hand and he confirmed that notion on Sunday.
Lim's Cruiser was aided by a gem of a ride from Danny Beasley, however he was still clearly a class above.
From an historical perspective Lim's Cruiser is rated well below that of past victors, though he is still only lightly raced and is yet to reach his perceived career peak.
Arguably Singapore's most prestigious event, the Group 1 Lion City Cup boasts quite an honour roll, headed by Singapore's best ever - Rocket Man (2009 - 2012).
While currently not in the same ballpark as the above, Lim's Cruiser is clearly heading the right way, in what is just his second preparation in Singapore.
The sprinting ranks in Singapore is currently well below that of what we have seen in recent times and Lim's Cruiser appears poised to take full advantage.
On Friday night we saw Countofmontecristo continue his unbeaten run when simply too good in the Group 2 Singapore 3YO Classic [1400m].
Built up as a match race between Jupiter Gold and Countofmontecristo (combined the two held 86.75% of the market), the latter would land the first blow, further pushing his claims as the best 3YO in Singapore — though in truth, Jupiter Gold was very disappointing.
From a form perspective, Jupiter Gold was six lengths below his best, having defeated Singapore Horse Of The Year Debt Collector at his start prior.
Jupiter Gold was ridden very negatively, however he was still entitled to do more in the straight (IMO).
Nonetheless, take nothing away from Countofmontecristo, he has continued to raise the bar and given his racing pattern (on-speed), he is the one they will all have to get past in the Guineas.
Better Than Ever remains the highest rated victor of the event having saluted by seven lengths in 2010.
Can Jupiter Gold turn the tables come the Singapore Guineas? Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: He will have to be more tractable in running to do so.