Singapore Racing: Million Dollar Day for Stephen Gray
Stephen Gray took Singapore’s $1 million Group 1 Lion City Cup (1200m) with last year’s winner Lim’s Cruiser making it back-to-back in devastating style on Saturday.
Interestingly, the reigning Singapore champion sprinter had not won since that glorious victory in the third Leg of the Singapore Sprint Series in April last year, when then partnered by Danny Beasley.
Trainer Stephen Gray had tested the son of Casino Prince over more ground in marquee races such as the Group 1 Emirates Singapore Derby (2000m) and the Group 1 Raffles Cup (1800m), and though he did not lose any friends, that electric turn of foot that was so lethal a season ago seemed to have been slightly on the wane.
“He’s a very good horse and we’ve worked for this race all along. I always knew he’d bounce back and what better race than this to do that,” said Gray.
“The boys have worked hard, Mike Shaw, Nick Selvan, my wife Bridget, and I thank them – and Glen Boss, he’s just the best.
“There was a bit of a mix-up about who would ride Lim’s Cruiser, but we’ve stuck with Glen and it’s just great we’ve won.
“We were a bit down when the horse drew 13, but Glen rode him a treat finding the fence early and that set them up for the run home.”
Boss said his confidence grew exponentially when he was able to slot Lim’s Cruiser into that ground-saving run early doors.
“He was awkward early and it took a while to wrestle him back and we then ducked back to the fence,” said the top Australian jockey.
“I’ve been so unlucky at the draws. I was so confidence all week, but I again got another bad draw, but I was glad I was able to get a good posie this time.
“He was going that well that I knew he would be hard to beat once he sprints through. He is the best sprinter and his preparation has been faultless.
“Steve rang me earlier and told me to back the horse and back myself – and it’s as simple as that.”
With that seventh win, Lim’s Cruiser has now amassed prizemoney in excess of $1.6 million for the Lim’s Stable.
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