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Lim’s Kosciuszko wins second consecutive Kranji Mile

Lim's Kosciuszko (Marc Lerner) is unstoppable in the Group 1 Kranji Mile. - Photo: STC
Lim's Kosciuszko (Marc Lerner) is unstoppable in the Group 1 Kranji Mile.

Photo: STC

Trelawney Stud bred Lim’s Kosciuszko (Kermadec) lived up to expectations by successfully scoring back-to-back victories in the S$1 million Kranji Mile (1600m) on Saturday.

The win also gave the 2023 Kranji Mile winner his 20th win from 24 starts in Singapore – over distances ranging from 1200m to 2000m – arguably the best records seen among top gallopers in recent times and has taken his winnings close to S$3.2 million for the Lim’s Stable.

After sitting second in the running Lim’s Kosciuszko was left in front at the 600m when the leader stopped quickly. Jockey Marc Lerner waited patiently until the 300m before setting him alight and quickly putting a three-length gap on the field before winning by a one-and-a-quarter length.

“He’s an amazing horse, isn’t he?” Trainer Daniel Meagher said in an interview after the race.

“He has just done everything we have asked him to and I’m really thankful for all the team; all the people back home in the stable.

“They’ve done an amazing job with him. He’s won 20 races here, so you know he’s just a fantastic horse.

“We kept it simple. He does the same thing everyday. He’s just a freak, isn’t he? I mean, what else can he do? I’m just very proud of him and the whole team.”

When asked of a potential Singapore Gold Cup (2000m) tilt – a race Lim’s Kosciuszko won when carrying 58kgs last year – Meagher did not hesitate.

“Yeah, why not?” said Meagher “We will have to keep him sound and happy. That’s our job and hopefully, we can have that.”

Bred by Brent and Cherry Taylor’s Trelawney Stud, Lim’s Kosciuszko was passed in at the New Zealand Bloodstock Sales and then sold privately after winning his first and only trial in New Zealand when under the care of Clayton Chipperfield. -STC