Meagher hungry to add Silver Bowl trophy to the mantelpiece

5 JUNE 2024, Larry Foley, Singapore Turf Club

Thanks mainly to some very ‘useful’ types in Lim’s Lightning and Lim’s Kosciuszko, trainer Daniel Meagher has won most Group races on offer in Singapore.

And given the dominance of his two stable stars over the last four or so years, the fact that the $110,000 Group 3 Silver Bowl (1400m) has eluded the young Australian conditioner is an oddity.

But one that can be rectified this Saturday when Meagher saddles two runners in the feature, with Lim’s Saltoro (Shamexpress) and January among the eight nominations.

Lim’s Saltoro in particular looks a huge winning chance to knock in what would be his first Group win, with a race record that stands at six wins and one narrow defeat in only seven career starts.

And it may have been an unblemished record, bar his being beaten only by a short head by the unmovable force that is his stablemate Lim’s Kosciuszko, in the Group 2 EW Barker (1400m) on 21 April.

A star on the rise in Singapore, Lim’s Saltoro looks very hard to beat on Saturday with his trainer bullish about a horse that he thinks can go all the way in his four-year-old year.

“He’s a serious horse,” said Meagher about the son of Shamexpress.

“He’s going great and seems to be improving every day. The 1400m of the Silver Bowl will suit him and there looks to be plenty of speed in the race, which will suit him too.

“(Jockey) Marc (Lerner) gave him a really soft trial the other day and that was just to stimulate him (Lim’s Saltoro).

“He’s very fit. He came out of the trial in very good order and now it’s up to him on race day.

“He’s like a robot, so Marc can put him anywhere in races. A bit like Lim’s Lightning and Lim’s Kosciuszko and it’s a good trait to have. So he should lob in the first four, but will leave that to Marc.

But while Meagher would love to win his first Silver Bowl, he was quick to point out that Lim’s Saltoro has three big races in store in this preparation.

“The (Group 1) Singapore Derby (over 1800m on 21 July) is his grand final,” he said.

“Yeah, he can win on Saturday and hopefully again over 1600m in the (Group 2) Stewards’ Cup (30 June), but it all leads up to the Derby.

“He’s by Shamexpress, who is a sprinting sire, but there is definitely some stamina on his dam’s side (Lamplighter). So hopefully his mum’s genes kick in when he gets over further.

“Look, he’s got a long way to go before he’s in the same league as the other two (Lim’s Lightning and Lim’s Kosciuszko) but he’s on the right path. Shame this place (Kranji) is closing (5 October).