Lim's Lightning Named Singapore Horse of the Year

The award winners for 2021 have just been decided, and the overwhelming victor has to be – without much surprise - Daniel Meagher’s rejuvenated galloper Lim’s Lightning, who hogged four of the seven equine titles on offer, including the coveted Singapore Horse of the Year award, two years after another Lope De Vega won it – I’m Incredible.

But perhaps more tellingly, the former 2018 Champion Two-Year-Old (interestingly, one year before Inferno) bagged the Champion Sprinter, Champion Miler and Champion Stayer gongs, an unprecedented feat in the annals of Singapore racing, which could not have come as a more fitting tribute to the amazing all-rounder that he is.

After meeting with moderate success at a brief stint in Australia in 2020, Lim’s Lightning repaid connections’ bold move to ship him back to Singapore with six wins from seven starts (only defeat was a mighty second to Minister in the Kranji Mile), including three at Group 1 level, Lion City Cup (1200m), Raffles Cup (1600m) and Singapore Gold Cup (2000m).

Back from a lacklustre Australian stint, Lim's Lightning bounced back with a dominant display in 2021.

Only one horse could have rained on his parade in certain awards, but Stephen Gray’s Singapore Derby (1800m) winner Hard Too Think eventually got his name etched on the honour roll only in the Champion Four-Year-Old category, while Group 3 Singapore Three-Year-Old Sprint (1200m) winner Tiger Roar and Group 3 Merlion Trophy (1200m) winner Celavi handed trainer Michael Clements the Champion Three-Year-Old and Polytrack Champion distinctions respectively.

Clements returned the champion trainer mantle to Mark Walker for his fourth title while Walker’s boom Malaysian apprentice jockey Hakim Kamaruddin joined Benny Woodworth (1995) as the only two apprentices to have claimed both the senior and junior titles in the jockeys’ premierships. By default, the Kelantan-born rider also lands the Champion Local Jockey title.

Unlike the last two seasons when the Falcon Racing Stable claimed the Leading Owner title both in terms of prizemoney and winners, the awards are split between the Lim’s Stable (prizemoney) and the Remarkable Stable (number of winners) in 2021.

- Champion Three-Year-Old TIGER ROAR
- Champion Four-Year-Old HARD TOO THINK
- Champion Sprinter LIM’S LIGHTNING
- Champion Miler LIM’S LIGHTNING
- Champion Stayer LIM’S LIGHTNING
- Champion Polytrack Horse CELAVI
- Leading Owner LIM’S STABLE (by Prizemoney)
- Champion Trainer MARK WALKER
- Champion Jockey HAKIM KAMARUDDIN
- Champion Local Jockey HAKIM KAMARUDDIN
- Champion Apprentice Jockey HAKIM KAMARUDDIN
- Singapore Horse of the Year LIM’S LIGHTNING

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