By Michael Lee, Singapore Turf Club
Talented sprinter Lim’s Dream bounced back to the winner’s circle in brilliant fashion on Friday night.
A clearly delighted Daniel Meagher said he was relieved that the Duporth four-year-old had returned to a place he last visited in September when he accounted for a Class 3 field in a 1000m speed scamper.
The speedy galloper had done nothing wrong since stepped up to Class 2 level, tried as he might, he just could not finish it off.
Not this time. There was still a distinct possibility he could have been softened up by Sacred Rebel (Hakim Fakaruddin), who proved to be a real thorn in his nearside for most of the way, but jockey Benny Woodworth was on top of things.
Once the Malaysian rider gave the $11 favourite his head upon straightening up, they pinched a two-length gap on the chasing pack. Muraahib (A’Isisuhairi Kasim) tried to peg Lim’s Dream back, but Meagher’s brave galloper mustered a second wind that broke his heart.
Next up were the Shane Baertschiger pair of Passport To Rome (Ruan Maia) and Star Of Jupiter (Patrick Moloney) as they descended on the scene inside the last 100m, but the bird had already flown. Lim’s Dream held Star Of Jupiter off by 1 ¼ lengths with Passport To Rome in third spot another half-length away.
The winning time was 1min 9.64secs for the 1200m on the Short Course.
“He deserved that win tonight. My initial reaction is satisfaction and relief,” said Meagher.
“He trialled enormous last week (February 27). He is a work in progress that horse, he is actually quite a funny horse.
“We’re still learning about him, but I think tonight was just the way to ride him.
“I remember (assistant-trainer) Danny (Beasley) got off him one day and said we had a Class 1 horse, but it’s taken a while to get him to that level.
“He can go through his sectionals with such quick speed, he’s got a top-level speed. Benny also gave him an excellent ride.”
Woodworth modestly said it was a team effort that got Lim’s Dream back in the winning frame for the Lim’s Stable.
“(Lim’s Stable racing manager) Mick (Dittman) told me to give the horse every chance,” said Woodworth.
“He told me not to be in a hurry to jump him out, just cuddle him up as he’s the fastest horse in the race.
“I was a bit concerned with that horse (Sacred Rebel) annoying me the whole way, but I didn’t use him up, like he did in his trial – just hold, hold, him.
“If I had given him a dig, I don’t think he would have won. I just held him one-off and at the top of the straight, when I pressed the button, he was too strong.”
Lim’s Dream has been a handy moneyspinner for connections, having already earned more than $200,000 from his record of five wins and five placings in 15 starts.
The Meagher-Lim’s Stable-Woodworth combination were enjoying a great night at the office. The win was their second for the night after Lim’s Mighty ($13) scored two races earlier in the $50,000 Class 4 Division 1 race over 1000m.