𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗿 𝗠𝗲𝗮𝗴𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗷𝗼𝗰𝗸𝗲𝘆 𝗕𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗹𝗲𝘆 𝗯𝘂𝗹𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗛𝗼𝗿𝘀𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗬𝗲𝗮𝗿
With four Group 1 victories over distances from 1,200 to 2,000 meters in just 13 months, Lim's Lightning has already earned recognition as one of Singapore racing's greatest. Tomorrow at Kranji, he will try to further establish his imperious record.
Despite facing one of the greatest fields in years in the $300,000 feature, there is every reason to believe the reigning Horse of the Year can win both the Lion City Cup and Race 11 (5pm).
His competitors include King Arthur and Golden Monkey, two up-and-coming stars on the circuit, as well as his talented stablemate and recent Singapore Derby winner Lim's Kosciuszko.
If he triumphs, he would join Blue Star (1976/1977), Added Advantage II (1982/1983), Jingle Bell IV (1984/1985), Superb Effect (2000/2001), and Lim's Cruiser (2017/2018) as the only horses to have won Singapore's top sprint classic twice. He will also become the sixth horse to win back-to-back races.
Zac Spirit triumphed in 2014 and 2016, while Fischer won in 1997 and 1999.
For the record, from 2009 to 2012, Singapore's Rocket Man, a well-known worldwide equestrian athlete, won the 1,200m classic four times in a row.
Lim's Lightning, a horse raced by Lim's Cruiser and trained by Daniel Meagher, has what it takes to win the Lion City Cup twice. She is owned by the imposing Lim's Stable.
He is the most highly ranked horse in Singapore, thus having to carry the same burden as his competitors provides him the most benefit.
Except for the mare Celavi, who receives a 1.5kg gender concession, he will carry 57.5kg like the other passengers.
Although some may claim that Lim's Lightning is resuming his Kranji Mile triumph over 1,600 meters to 1,200 meters, keep in mind that Lim's Lightning is not your typical thoroughbred.
He possesses versatility, which is something that most horses do not have.
Following his victory in the Lion City Cup 13 months prior, he went on to win the Raffles Cup over 1,600 meters, the Singapore Gold Cup over 2,000 meters, and the Kranji Mile on May 21 of this year to complete his Group 1 achievements.
Meagher has prepared similarly for his charge and has emerged from it in good spirits.
He gave his seven-year-old a bath and three "peaceful" trials before the important race tomorrow.
Despite finishing fifth, third, and last but close-up in his heats, Lim's Lightning clearly had a lot of horse underneath jockey Danny Beasley.
He has improved in fitness with each trial. He is prepared to start, according to Meagher, whose father, John, shared the victory with Arenti in the 2006 race.
Lim's Lightning, in Beasley's opinion, is accurate.
Since his victory in the Kranji Mile, he claimed that his mount has "actually been moving along wonderfully," and his most recent trial "exceeded my expectations."
The Australian continued, "He can't be any better than he is today. His last 200m were extremely satisfying."
"The weight-for-age conditions favor the good horses, and, thank goodness, he is in sufficient shape to prevail."
Last year, Lim's Lightning triumphed despite the widest draw. He surged home from the back to defeat Rocket Star by 3/4 lengths in 1 minute, 09.14 seconds.
He is expertly positioned in pole position for tomorrow and can follow the anticipated fast pace on the shortest road home.
Meagher, who came off as confident, was unconcerned even though his charge had brought out the BKE once more.
"I don't think it will matter to him what gate he draws. He achieved success from Gate 13 the previous year, therefore he has a strong possibility of repeating.
They assert that lightning never strikes twice. It's just an idiom, after all.
The horse in question is quite elegant. After all, the jockey and trainer have already spoken.