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Posted 2023-09-23 14:52:25  
Singapore: Lim's Kosciusko is something special


It was a big day for the Lim’s Stable after Lim’s Kosciuszko beat Invincible Tycoon in the $300,000 Group 1 Raffles Cup (1600m) on Saturday.

Ttrainer Daniel Meagher also won his third Raffles Cup, which equalled his father’s – ex-Kranji trainer John Meagher – haul of three victories in the iconic feature race.

The only concern was the wide barrier 11 from which Lim’s Kosciuszko jumped from, but any doubts that the gate may cause issues were quickly dispelled when jockey Wong Chin Chuen had the six-year-old son of Kermadec handy with cover. He settled behind Hongkong Great (Bernardo Pinheiro) and Fame Star (Jerlyn Seow), with Circuit Mission (Benny Woodworth) and Katak (Simon Kok Wei Hoong) also positive early.

Katak was the first to make his move in the straight after he took the lead at the 400m, but Wong had Lim’s Kosciuszko on his back when he loomed large at the 300m.

The race was over in a blink of an eye after Wong gave Lim’s Kosciuszko a crack or two at the 250m and, while pushed out to the wire, the win was once again an easy watch for the favourite’s backers.

The official margin was one-and-a-quarter lengths over another Lim’s Stable-owned-gelding, Invincible Tycoon (Manoel Nunes) – who was impressive over the final two furlongs – with Mr Malek (A’Isisuhairi Kasim) doing his best work late to run another neck away in third. Both placegetters were trained by Steven Burridge.

The winning time was 1 min 33.81secs – only 0.2 seconds outside of the 1600m record over the Short Course set by Super Ninetyseven in 2013 – and Lim’s Kosciuszko’s 16th win from 19 starts took his prizemoney to over $1.8million.

An emotional Meagher – who earlier saddled Rambo ($21) to win the Gilt Complex 2017 Stakes, a $70,000 Class 3 race over 1600m – was full of praise for Wong and his hardworking staff after the stable star also won the “best-groomed horse” award.

“I honestly didn’t give him any instructions,” said Meagher of the pre-race tactics to Wong.

“He (Wong) knows what to do and it was just a brilliant ride once again.

“For sure, they (the staff) did a great job and so, big thanks to them again.

“Dad won it three times, so to win it three times, it’s very emotional and I’m very proud to equal Dad’s record.”

Meagher Snr won the now first Leg of the Singapore Triple Crown series with Mayo’s Music, Lim’s Classic and Lim’s Objective in 2004, 2006 and 2007 respectively, while his son first bagged the Raffles Cup with Lim’s Lightning two years ago before winning it again with Lim’s Kosciuszko in the first edition of this race ran in March.


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