Daniel Meagher gave further proof of his reputation as a patient trainer after Lim’s Dashing (NZ) (Darci Brahma) scored first-up from a 10-month spell in Singapore on Friday night.
Lim's Dashing was bred under Wentwood Grange's Llanhennock Trust banner before being sold through their 2014 New Zealand Bloodstock draft.
The eight-year-old gelding was a stable transfer from Stephen Gray and came with a handy record of three wins and 10 placings from 25 starts before needing a bone chip operation.
“That was his first run for us,” said Meagher, who also owns him.
“He has had three trials for us. (Assistant-trainer) Danny (Beasley) rode him in all his trials and after his last, he gave me the confidence he would run well.
“We planned for that race for a long time. It was a well sought-out plan and it’s fantastic he’s won first-up.
“Again, a big thank you to all the team. It was a great team effort.”
Ridden by three-kilo claimer Yusoff Fadzli, Lim’s Dashing settled in midfield and looked an ominous threat as he started to take closer order upon straightening.
Sacred Don (Fastnet Rock) drew first blood when he collared leader First Choice (Love Conquers All), while late drifter Hotshots Slam (NZ) (Swiss Ace) was snooping up from behind, but they were left standing when Yusoff unleashed Lim’s Dashing down the middle of the track.
The winning margin was one length with Hotshots Slam holding off Sacred Don by the same margin in third place. The winning time was 1min 5.25secs for the 1100m on the Polytrack.
Yusoff, who recently transferred his indentures from Saimee Jumaat to Donna Logan, has since hit a purple patch of form with three winners, all coming for Meagher, in the space of two weeks.
“A big thank you to Mr Meagher for supporting me. I rode three winners this year, and all three are for him,” said Yusoff.
“I just let this one travel where he was comfortable. I had a lot on hand, and when I asked him to quicken, he gave me a good response.
“At the top of the straight, I pulled him to the outside. I just tried my best, and he won a nice race.”
With that fourth success, Lim’s Dashing has now collected around S$260,000 in stakes earnings, with the bulk coming for his previous owner, the Lim’s Stable. -STC