Burridge honing Lim's Craft for another win

Trainer Steven Burridge is hoping that useful sort Lim’s Craft can go one better in Friday’s $70,000 Class 3 race over 1200m on turf and resume his winning run.

Lim's Craft winning the CLASS 4
Lim's Craft winning the CLASS 4 Picture: Singapore Turf Club

The Smart Missile four-year-old has shown promise since his debut in March, rapidly climbing through the ratings with three wins (1200m twice and 1400m once) and three placings in seven starts.

On Raffles Cup day in the last race three weeks ago, a Class 3 race over 1200m, he was slow out, settled too far back, but still stormed home for second to the equally promising Fame Star.

Burridge said the Lim's Stable-owned galloper was a little stiff in defeat, but he has already moved on and is now looking forward to another forward showing this Friday.

"He's been performing very well and is a very promising sort. He didn't have much luck at his last start, though, but it's no-one's fault," said the Australian handler.

"He still ran on very well. He's an up-and-coming horse who has kept improving and I hope he can measure up this Friday.

"It's quite a competitive field and that race will tell us where he is at."

In-form jockey Benny Woodworth, who, besides that last-start second, has also partnered Lim's Craft  to his last two wins, stays on board.

The Malaysian rider said that from the wide barrier (11) at the last outing, he had no other alternative than to drop him towards the rear bunch.

"Because of the wide barrier, we had to ride him back and ride him for luck," he said.

"Unfortunately, he didn't get the right runs, but he still ran on very well."

From the way Lim's Craft finishes off his races, the idea to test him over further has already been considered.

"He's a straightforward horse, an easy and lovely horse to train," said Burridge.

"He's got a nice turn of foot. At some stage, I will definitely step him up in distance."

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