Lim’s Revent scores easily first-up

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One week after riding his first winner for the Lim’s Stable, Troy See doubled up the dose for the champion outfit with another winner on Friday, Lim’s Revent.

This year’s leading apprentice jockey has been donning the popular blue and yellow stars jacket a lot more often of late, with Lim’s Force sealing the budding partnership with a first hurrah in a lowly Kranji Stakes D race over 1200m last Friday.

With See booked on a more high-profile Lim’s Stable ward later, it was clear that Mr Lim Siah Mong, racing manager Mick Dittman and trainer Steven Burridge were keen to throw more support behind the Singaporean lad. The plum ride is Group 2 Aushorse Golden Horseshoe winner Lim’s Lightning, who is making his much-awaited racing comeback later in the proceedings, in the $80,000 Class 3 Division 1 race over 1200m.

Lim’s Revent (Troy See) off to his first win at Kranji on Friday night.

While Lim’s Revent was only a warm-up to the main assignment, See showed he was worthy of the trust with a copybook ride aboard the well-backed galloper ($18), who just like Lim’s Lightning, was also resuming, in the $60,000 Class 4 Premier race over 1400m.

Never far away from the leading duo of Grand Knight (Ryan Curatolo) and Gold Crown (Michael Rodd), the Redoute’s Choice four-year-old was ridden patiently before let loose in the home straight.

Once See slipped some reins at the 400m, Lim’s Revent went on to assert his superiority in no uncertain terms, racing away to a two-length win from Verizon (Glen Boss) with Sun General (Daniel Moor) third another half-a-length away. The winning time was 1min 22.53secs for the 1400m on the Short Course.

Twice third at three previous Kranji starts, Lim’s Revent was opening his Singapore account, which Burridge was hoping would swell further now that that first win was out of the way. Known as Severence in Australia, he came to Singapore with a record of one win in a 1400m race at Kembla Grange in five starts for trainers Peter and Paul Snowden.

“There was a bit of give on the track at his first runs. He is a big gangly sort who needed more time to mature and that’s why I gave him a little bit of a break,” said the Australian conditioner.

“He’s actually a half-brother to Lim’s Bestow, who we thought had a lot of ability. Hopefully, this one can develop into a good horse with more maturity.

“Troy rode the horse very well and did a good job on Lim’s Force last week as well. Lim’s Force is actually a miracle story as she nearly died earlier this year.

“She got colicky and when the vets opened up her stomach, they found out she had been eating all sorts of junk, stones, twine and stuff. It’s amazing she survived and came and won a race!”

See, who will be representing Team Asia alongside Joao Moreira and Vlad Duric at the inaugural Premier Gateway International Jockeys Challenge on September 25, was with that latest win extending his lead in the apprentice jockeys’ log to five wins on defending champion Wong Chin Chuen with that 23rd success.

“It’s my first time riding this horse. I was given the speedmap of the race and everything went as planned,” said See.

“It makes my job so much easier when you work with smart people like Steven and Mick. Steven was the real mastermind behind this win, he deserves all the credit.”

Story by Michael Lee

Lim’s Lightning bolts up at comeback

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Aushorse Golden Horseshoe winner Lim’s Lightning picked up where he left off with a sensational comeback win on Friday night.

The promising son of Lope De Vega has not been seen since his brave head-win in the Group 2 two-year-old event over 1200m on July 13, but from the way he despatched his older rivals in the $80,000 Class 3 Division 1 race over 1200m, it was pretty obvious he was no juvenile flash in the pan.

Posted in a dream stalking spot outside race-leader Elise (Iskandar Rosman) from the get-go, Lim’s Lightning (Troy See), who was backed down to $12 favouritism, was always travelling like a winner, just appearing to be biding his time for the last 300m to let rip.


Troy See eases Lim’s Lightning down at the line in the Class 3 Division 1 race on Friday night.

When See let down the handbrakes at the 300m, Lim’s Lightning indeed took off instantly, opening up to a commanding break before longshot Moritz Eclipse (Marc Lerner) came with a cheeky late surge to trim down the margin to one length in second place, though it must be said See had already switched off the engine by then.

Galileo’s Approach (Matthew Kellady) also made some late ground to finish a creditable third another length away. The winning time was just 0.01 second shy of 1min 10secs for the 1200m on the Short Course.

Burridge, whose Lim’s Revert – also ridden by See – won earlier, was glad the horse currently considered as arguably the best horse in his stable, had returned a winner, given he was not exactly an easy horse to gauge at times.

“As he’s an athletic sort, we can’t work him a lot. We have to do a bit of guessing if he’s done enough or not,” said Burridge.

“He had one trial last week which was nice, but nothing exceptionally good. More importantly, he came back clean in the wind, he’s a real racehorse.

“He does tend to do a little too much at times, and we just have to let him do his own things.

“Tonight, he hit the line very well. He’s a very smart horse with plenty of upsides, and he should get 1400m and even 1600m later.

“I’ll probably give him one or two more runs, and then put him away, without doing too much with him. He’s clearly something special.”

See, who finished unplaced aboard Kranji galloper Maximus in Korea last Sunday, was delighted he had come back to such a good night at the office back on his home soil, even if he had to waste hard to make the weight on Lim’s Lightning. In the end, he rode him half-a-kilo over at 53kgs.

“It’s a good way to bounce back after Korea,” said the current leading Singapore apprentice jockey, who has now stretched his lead in the premiership to six winners on defending champion apprentice jockey Wong Chin Chuen (24 versus 18 winners), who is currently suspended.

“Steven Burridge did a fantastic job with this horse. I just had to follow his instructions, and the horse did the rest.

“He’s one of the smartest trainers around, and it’s always a pleasure to ride for him.

“The horse had everything going for him in the race. He had a rabbit to chase.

“He actually beat us (in second, aboard Galvarino) in the Aushorse Golden Horseshoe, but it was good to get him with me on top this time.”

Lim’s Lightning has now taken his handy record to three wins and one third place from four starts for prizemoney hitting around the $280,000 mark for the Lim’s Stable.

Story by Michael Lee