Lim’s Cruiser is the new star of Singapore’s sprinting ranks after an emphatic victory in the Group 1 Lion City Cup (1200m) at Kranji on Easter Sunday.
The imported son of Vinery sire Casino Prince completed a feature race hat-trick when he careered away to score by two lengths from Alibi (NZ) and Storm Troops (Arg). The domestic Group 1 followed wins in the G2 E W Barker Trophy and G3 Rocket Man Sprint.
“He’s got gears and I knew from the beginning he was special,” trainer Stephen Gray said. “His turn of foot is amazing and he has a great future.”
“He’s by Casino Prince, and they like a bit of give in the track,” Gray said, “He’s very special and well done to Mr Lim (Siah Mong), they will have a lot of fun with this horse.”
“After he won the Rocket Man Sprint, I thought long and hard about running him in the Lion City Cup, but he was going so well that we took a punt, and he’s proven us right. It’s the right prep towards the 4YO series.”
Lim’s Cruiser has won 6 times from 9 starts at Kranji and his next assignment will be the G2 Stewards’ Cup (1400m) on May 28 before the Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge culminates with the Group 1 Emirates Singapore Derby (2000m) on July 9.
Lim’s Cruiser (4g Casino Prince – Hope Downs by Good Journey) is owned by Lim Siah Mong who banked a large slice of the Lion City Cup prizemoney worth the equivalent of AUD $754,180.
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 struck black-type twice at Easter having sired Hooked to win the Group 3 Victoria Hcp (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
He stands at Vinery Stud for an $11,000 (inc gst) service fee.