Lim's Archer takes aim at the Guineas
Trainer Cliff Brown was rapt he had brought up his first winner for Lim's Stable when promising three-year-old LIM'S ARCHER scored from pillar to post on Sunday.
The former Singapore multiple-champion owners have been firing on all cylinders at only their second year since their comeback, currently leading the owners' log on 16 wins.
Lim's Archer, a son of English Derby winner Authorized, is the first of their big team (normally with Steven Burridge, Stephen Gray and Mark Walker) they have sent to Brown.
Brown had an opportunity to run him in the second leg of the Singapore Three-Year-Old Challenge, Sunday's Group 2 Singapore Three-Year-Old Classic over 1,400m), but resisted the temptation and targeted the easier $75,000 Super Easy 2013 Stakes, a Graduation race over 1,400m instead.
Brown, who won the 3YO Classic with Debt Collector, however revealed that he would still get his chance to take on his peers in the 3YO series.
"I could have run him in the Classic but I didn't. He's going for the Guineas, though," said the Australian handler, in reference to the third leg, the Group 1 Singapore Guineas over 1,600m on May 15.
"He's by Authorized. He'll get the mile. No worries. He got beaten by Magnetise first-up but he was too good today.
"He raced in Sydney, coming off the pace and got a bit lost in front today but still finished it off very well. It's great to train my first winner for Lim's Stable. A big thank you to Mr Lim Siah Mong for his support."
Jockey Corey Brown said it was not in his original plan to dictate on the $16 favourite, but he had no qualms in assuming the role when nobody showed any interest to do so.
Once committed, the Australian said Lim's Archer slotted into that pattern quite well and even likened him to a natural galloper he used to have a close affinity with.
"He reminds me of Goodman in the way he keeps grinding away in the home straight," said Brown.