Lim’s Zoom eager to get go­ing

The New Paper - - RACING - BRIAN MILLER

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.

CLOSE FIN­ISH

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.

brian@sph.com.sg

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