Juicy payout at the Casino

WATCH Replay – Race 3

Lim’s Casino scored an upset win after he made all the running in the $60,000 Class 4 Division 3 race over 1200m on Sunday.

The Casino Prince four-year-old, who has not scored since September 23, the last of his previous three wins for Steven Burridge and the Lim’s Stable, has not been running too badly, but somehow, he was a little friendless in the betting, looking at his generous odds of $101.

Granted, $11 favourite Copacabana looked a moral after his flying second to Knight Chen Bay at his last run, but the Cliff Brown-trained galloper was never dangerous, staying at the rear right through, to beat two home.

Lim’s Casino (Glen Boss) on his way to victory in Race 3.

But up at the top of the line, Lim’s Casino (Glen Boss) controlled the race to a nicety after a smart jump. When Bear Witness (Danny Beasley) came armed with a stiff challenge at the top of the straight, some thought Lim’s Casino would knock up, but he responded like a bulldog inside the last 300m to prevail by one length from a game Bear Witness.

The fast-closing Effortless (John Powell) gave a fleeting impression he could sneak in between the duelling duo, but could only run third another 1 ½ lengths away. The winning time was 1min 10.8secs for the 1200m on the Long Course.

Burridge, who was recording his 20th win for the year, said Lim’s Casino was no world beater, but he does take some beating when things go his way.

“He’s a honest horse. Things did not quite work out at his last couple of starts,” said the Australian conditioner.

“He wouldn’t have won but he could have placed both times.”

Boss, who was at his first pairing with Lim’s Casino, said it was a straightforward run from the word go.

“He had a good jump and found the lead quite easily. He just got the right run from that point onwards,” said the Australian jockey.

“He was a bit strong in the lead, but I was able to get him to steady up, and he was just too good in the straight.”

With that fourth win, Lim’s Casino has now taken his total prizemoney past the $140,000 level for the Lim’s Stable.

Three unique jobs at the Singapore Turf Club – (2) Track Rider

Track rider Mohamad Faiz rode a pony once, but at the time, had no idea if there was a difference between a pony and a thoroughbred.
The 23-year-old Singaporean had that first pony ride when he visited a riding lodge near Johor Bahru in Malaysia on a holiday a few years ago.
He was hooked, but that one ride alone did not make him go down the path as a track rider, though.

Track Rider Mohamad Faiz rides three horses for trainer Desmond Koh every morning.

“At first I thought they (ponies and thoroughbreds) were the same, except for the difference in size,” said Faiz.
“My dad saw this STAR (Singapore Training Academy for Racing) Programme job advertisement on the papers, so I looked up the Singapore Turf Club’s website after my National Service and saw this video of a syce at work. I joined in September 2015, and completed the three months of training as a syce.
“While working as a syce, I took another six months to learn to ride properly at the riding school (STC Riding Centre) in between breaks during work. I became a track rider after getting the riding certificate in October last year.”
The young Singaporean rides three horses for trainer Desmond Koh every morning. Except for his rest day on alternate Sundays, he reports to work at 5.30am, and starts riding horses in trackwork from 6am to 10am. After a short break, Faiz resumes work in the afternoon where he would bring horses out for swims, walks and weight-taking.
“I like the feeling of riding a horse; it’s the adrenaline rush when a horse sprints, and I want to put the skills I have learned to good use, so I want to become a jockey,” said the STAR Programme graduate.
“Each horse has its own temperament, so we should listen to the trainer and regular rider’s advice since they know them better.
“I’m lucky I haven’t met with any accidents while riding, but we can’t say for sure in the future, so I’m not taking my safety for granted either.
“This job takes up a lot of my time, and I do get tired of the long hours at times, but I never thought of giving up because I love what I do.
“If you think there is an end to learning how to ride a horse, you are wrong because we’re always learning with horse riding.”

Check out Faiz’s interview here.

Visit the Community Job Fair @ Woodlands held at the multi-purpose hall (Level 1) of the Woodlands Community Club on 27th April 2017 (Thursday) from 10am to 4pm to know more about Singapore Turf Club’s STAR Programme.

For further enquiries regarding the job fair, please contact Nicole Goh at 6672 7580.

Regal tussle as Lim’s Royal downs Red Duke

The well-supported Lim’s Royal produced a late burst through a sardine-packed situation close home to land the prize in the $65,000 Initiation race over 1400m on Sunday.

At the 300m, punters looked like they had done their dough when the $11 favourite was caught behind the eight-ball between Taichi Belt (Vlad Duric) and The Golden Goat (Olivier Placais).

Sweating on a gap to manoeuvre through, jockey Danny Beasley seized the opportunity even if it came in half measures at the 200m as a needlehole passage between the two horses widened up.

Lim’s Royal (Danny Beasley, on the outside) flashes home late to beat Red Duke (Gerald Mosse, obscured).

It seemed to narrow down again as Taichi Belt rolled in, and with whips flying all over the place, the three raced tight for a few strides, with The Golden Goat – already a beaten horse then – taking the rough end of the stick as he got bumped sideways and lost ground rapidly.

But all honours to Lim’s Royal, who after elbowing his way through restricted room, still found another kick to go and beat Red Duke (Gerald Mosse) by a head with Ground Control (Glen Boss) third another 1 ¼ lengths away. The winning time was 1min 23.38secs for the 1400m on the Long Course.

Beasley played down the intrepidity of his decision to go where many would have feared to tread, paying all the credit to the Rothesay three-year-old.

“At his last couple of runs, he got off the bit all the time, and didn’t move when they left him where he was. He was really green and couldn’t go at all and was 100 yards behind the second-last horse,” said the Australian hoop.

“I had him in a good spot in midfield today but I don’t know what it was, he threw his head up every time I put a bit of pressure on the inside rein.

“Otherwise he was travelling okay. Shafiq (Rizuan on Jacks Secret) was three-quarter length off the fence and I didn’t want to go around him and waited for a gap to come up on the inside.

“The room between Vlad and Olivier looked good enough for him to pick it up. Think he got hit by Olivier’s whip and Vlad’s horse squeezed us in, but he got it right in the end.”

Burridge, who was at a training double having earlier won with Premier Fighter, described Lim’s Royal as a “good horse in the making”.

“He’s a nice horse, even if he’s still very green. At his first two runs, he missed the start, got squeezed and got back,” said Burridge.

“He’s a horse who does not have a sweat, he’s dry-coated, but he has plenty of upsides. He will go for a break now and when I bring him back, he will be a good horse in the making.”

Autumn Rush leaves rivals behind again but by smaller gap


Progressive individual Autumn Rush rounded up a perfect Sunday for trainer Steven Burridge by bringing up a three-bagger.

The Australian handler had already taken a mortgage on the day’s training honours after Premier Fighter and Lim’s Royal landed the spoils earlier on, and his impressive last-start seven-length winner looked the goods to complete the hat-trick in the penultimate event, the $60,000 Class 4 race over 1100m.

The even-money favourite did live up to the hype but another few strides, a $537 shot could have claimed his scalp – Dragon Kingdom (Derreck David).

Autumn Rush (Glen Boss) leads all the way in Sunday’s second-last race.

Autumn Rush was one of the best away and had little trouble taking up the running in the 11-horse field.

Jockey Glen Boss rated him beautifully upfront, and most thought another walloping was in the offing once he straightens up.

But the cattle he was tackling this time were not pushovers like last time. The well-backed Knight Judge (Gerald Mosse) was running on steadily, but probably not cutting Autumn Rush back as decisively as he ought to.

The Fat Lady could not yet sing, though, with Dragon Kingdom making things interesting late in the piece, but the top elect’s legion of backers could breathe better as Autumn Rush had put too big a space on the chasing pack to be caught. He fell in by one length from Dragon Kingdom with Knight Judge having to settle for third place another half-a-length away.

The winning time was 1min 5.02secs for the 1100m on the Polytrack.

“He trialled very well the other day. He did 35 ½ and he was caught out wide doing it easy,” said Burridge.

“I was very happy with his condition going into today’s race. He’s a horse on the up but it’s hard to say how far he will go; he’s making his own luck himself.

“Today was a great day at the office, and here I have to thank my wife Julie and all my staff. They work hard and they are getting the results.”

Boss, who just returned from an unsuccessful one-day trip to Melbourne to ride at the Australian Cup meeting, was rapt he had come back a winner to a place he now calls home.

“Physically, this horse is a bit of a goose. He’s very impulsive, always in a rush and we’ve had to teach him to cool things off,” said the Australian jockey.

“He’s got a good engine even if he still hasn’t quite worked out what this game is all about. He will definitely progress through his grades.

“The horses I rode in Melbourne (Tom Melbourne – second last – in the Australian Cup, Star Turn – third – in the Newmarket Handicap and Shutter Bug – last – in the Matron Stakes) were not good enough unfortunately, but I was happy to be back riding there.

“There will be more opportunities in a couple of weeks and the big races in Sydney (The Championships) are also around the corner.”