Missing the boat is normally not a good thing, but for Lim’s Casino, it meant hitting the jackpot all right.
The Casino Prince four-year-old was all booked to take the northbound-float to Malaysia last week, but for some reason, he could not get a spot.
Trainer Steven Burridge had to bring him to back to his Kranji box, and next thing he knew, he was leading him to the winner’s box!
Lim's Casino (Vlad Duric) scores going away in Race 3, picture Singapore Turf Club
Making the most of an unscheduled situation, the Australian handler decided he might as well keep the previous four-time winner on his racing tucker, and spotted Sunday’s $60,000 Hello Moscow Stakes, a Class 4 Division 2 race over 1400m, as the ideal race to keep him earning his oats instead of loafing around in the transit lounge.
He was well inspired. Lim’s Casino romped home by just under three lengths, sending a resounding message connections might have erred in their decision to send him to “greener grass” across the Causeway.
But Burridge was still not sure if the all-the-way victory had saved the Lim’s Stable-owned galloper his box at Kranji.
“He should have gone to Malaysia last week, but he missed the boat!” said the Australian handler.
“I ran him today since he was still around, and he won a very good race. He’s always been an honest horse.
“Whether he stays or goes after today, I’m not really sure. It’s good to get a win out of him here for the owners anyway, especially today on Derby day.”
Duric, who can’t do no wrong these days, was adding a third win for the weekend after a riding double on Friday courtesy of Distinctive Darci and Macarthur, to stretch his lead on the jockey’s log to 14 wins (51 versus Alan Munro’s 37).
Unlike Lim’s Casino, Duric has a better idea where he is laying his hat for a while.
“He’s (Lim’s Casino) an easy horse to ride. He sprang the gates quickly and at the 600m, I knew I had the race in my keeping,” said the Victorian jockey.
“Coming back to the 1400m probably helped as well. I think the mile is a touch too far for him.
“I was just hoping he would keep running all the way - and he did.”
Lim’s Casino ($16) won by two and a half lengths from Gold Crown (Michael Rodd) with Keepitup (Manoel Nunes) third another half-a-length away. The winning time was 1min 22.64secs for the 1400m trip on the Short Course.
With that fifth win from 26 starts, Lim’s Casino has now taken his winnings past the $190,000 mark for the Lim’s Stable. It remains to be seen now if the next currency he banks in from now on is ringgit.