Casino Prince speed-machine Lim’s Cruiser will be on trial for a trip to Royal Ascot when he races first-up at Kranji next month.
Trainer Stephen Gray has Lim’s Cruiser champing at the bit for his return in the Rocket Man Sprint LR on May 5. He will also be given the opportunity to complete a hat-trick of victories in the Lion City Cup LR on May 25 before connections make a final decision on Royal Ascot.
Lim’s Cruiser (6g Casino Prince – Hope Downs by Good Journey) proved he was up to that level when no more than three lengths from Mr Stunning in the Hong Kong Sprint Gr.1 at his last start in December.
“If things go well, I’m keen to look at the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Gr 1) in June,” Gray said. “I would also consider staying for the July Cup (Gr.1) at Newmarket in July. The timing is perfect.”
Lim’s Cruiser was voted Singapore’s 2018 Champion Sprinter and his overall record for owner Lim Siah is 8 wins in 19 starts for the equivalent of AUD1.70 million in prizemoney. He was a $100,000 buy at the 2015 Magic Millions National Racehorse Sale and won a Gold Coast trial for Gillian Heinrich before transferring to Singapore.
Casino Prince has built a second-to-none record as a winner-getter since arriving at Vinery in 2013 and he’s on track to sire 100 individual winners for the fourth consecutive season in Australia. With two-thirds of 2018-19 run and won, he has sired 66 individual winners for over $2.89 million in prizemoney.
He’s double-handed in the $500,000 Country Championships Final (1400m) at Randwick this Saturday with Westlink and Lucciola Belle.
Westlink qualified at Dubbo in February for trainer Darren Hyde and jockey Adam Hyeronimus. He’s a homebred for Darryl Juratowitch who booked his dam Comedy Express (Rory’s Jester) to Casino Prince in his first book at Vinery.
Lucciola Belle qualified at Port Macquarie for part-owner and trainer Wayne Wilkes. Her dam Six Gauge (Over) only raced twice for a Taree maiden win on debut for Wilkes in 2009.