Lim’s Zoom eager to get going
The best from yesterday’s trackwork from Kranji
Sometimes, there are things worth waiting for. Come Sunday, don’t be too quick to want to beat the crowd at the Kranji MRT station.
The trains won’t stop running. So, too, Lim’s Zoom.
A runner in Race 10 on the card, this New Zealand-bred son of Zacinto showed on the training track yesterday that he had all the makings of a good horse and, with already in excess of $100,000 in the kitty, he should add to it – substantially.
That is, provided, Lim’s Zoom can bring his track form to the races. If he does, the honours could be his.
This one trained by Mark Walker, Lim’s Zoom was all speed – clocking a swift 34.7sec for the 600m yesterday. He had his race jockey R Zawari in the saddle.
If you look at the numbers which precede his name, you’ll see that Lim’s Zoom hasn’t put a hoof wrong in all of his seven starts.
Yet, those same records will show just one win.
That was in April. Before that, he cashed in cheques for a third and a second. Not bad for a youngster.
We thought the win would open the floodgates. Alas, it was not to be.
In his next three outings, he always found one to beat – including that agonising close finish on Aug 5 when, after being shouted the winner, he was mowed down in the shades of the winning post by Star Emperor.
Last time out late last month, when sent out as joint $18 favourite, Lim’s Zoom overraced in the middle stages of that 1,400m event and he eventually could manage only a fourth placing. That day, he didn’t take up a forward position – like he usually does. Instead, and probably because of that ungenerous bit of racing, he had to fashion a run from the rear of the field.
Still, he showed good action to fill the bottom part of the frame.
Lim’s Zoom is far better than that. In fairness, there should be more “1s” preceding his name. Come Sunday, he just might add that number to his name.
So save some money for the last and you just might go home happy.
Actually, earlier in the programme, there’s a horse who could help pad up your reserves for that punt in the last.
I’m talking about Angel Halo. From Hideyuki Takaoka’s yard, the son of King Halo was on his toes when running the 600m in a smart time of 36.6sec. Olivier Placais did the steering.
After a so-so start to his Kranji racing career – which saw him finish third just once in five starts, the Japanese-bred youngster finally began paying for his keep.
That was in mid-August and what a fighting win it was.
Ridden by Michael Rodd and sent to the front at the “off”, Angel Halo eventually made every post a winning one.
But not after some heart-stopping moments over the concluding stages when challenged – and seemingly headed – by Turf Princess.
Just when it seemed all over, Angel Halo found something extra, produced it close home and nosed out his challenger.
It was a gallant show from a gutsy horse. That was over the mile.
The 1,700m will test him. But Angel Halo, in the form he is in, should be up to the challenge.