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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.

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 Horseform bled, however take nothing away from Lim's Cruiser, his performance was very impressive.


Lim's Cruiser Horseform

Lim's Cruiser
Lim's Cruiser Picture:Singapore Turf Club

Ridden by Danny Beasley, Lim's Cruiser enjoyed all the favours along the rails with both Wimbledon Horseform and Emperor Max Horseform setting a solid clip (23.60 seconds first 400m).

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 Horseform 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 Horseform 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.

Sunday's performance saw Lim's Cruiser return a Timeform rating of 109p — a new career peak for the son of Casino Prince.

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 Horseform (2009 - 2012).

Other notable victors of the event include: Zac Spirit Horseform (2014 & 2016), War Affair Horseform (2015) and Super Easy Horseform (2013).

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.

Countofmontecristo Horseform

Countofmontecristo
Countofmontecristo Picture:Singapore Turf Club

On Friday night we saw Countofmontecristo Horseform 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 Horseform and Countofmontecristo Horseform (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.

Countofmontecristo has been rated alongside past winners Spanish Bay Horseform and coincidentally Gingerbread Man Horseform (same owner).

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.

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