Lim’s Cruiser has completed a landmark day for Vinery sires with back-to-back victories in the Lion City Cup Gr.1 at Kranji.
Singapore’s reigning champion sprinter is a son of Casino Prince and he resurrected the electric turn of foot that was so lethal in last year’s Lion City Cup (1200m). Angled across to the fence from an outside gate by Group 1 jockey Glen Boss, he speared through a narrow gap in the straight to cut down long-time leader Zac Kasa.
Boss had time to stand in the irons and salute the crowd in the $1 million feature sprint on Saturday night. “I was so confident until the bad draw but we got a good possie and I knew he would be hard to hold out when the run came.
“He’s the best sprinter and his preparation has been faultless.”
Lim’s Cruiser is trained by Stephen Gray and has banked the equivalent of AUD 1.61 million for owner Lim Siah Mong. He’s by Vinery sire Casino Prince from Hope Downs (Good Journey), an unraced daughter of South African Group 1 winning mare Battle Maiden.
A $100,000 buy at the 2015 Magic Millions National Racehorse Sale, he had won a Gold Coast trial for Gillian Heinrich before transferring to Singapore.
Casino Prince remains the value sire, bar none, in the Hunter Valley at a $9,900 (inc. GST) service fee. He’s an Australian Top 10 sire this season with 95 individual winners of 133 races for earnings over $3.45 million.
Vinery’s elder statesmen Mossman and Testa Rossa also weighed in with two exceptional winners on Saturday after the stud’s young guns Headwater and Press Statement took centre stage at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale this week.
Mossman mare Pedrena won the Glenlogan Park Stakes Gr.3 at Doomben and will now be set for the Tatt’s Tiara Gr.1 on June 23. She was bred and sold by the Esplin family for $60,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale and her USA-bred dam Hansom Cab was covered by Press Statement last year.
Testa Rossa’s boom mare Enticing Star extended her unbeaten run to five for owner-breeder Bob Peters at Belmont. She stormed home from the tail of the field to score by two lengths and looks an exciting prospect for Perth’s leading owner-breeder at the Ascot summer carnival.