Fantastic Four for Meagher

Jul 04, 2008

Trainer John Meagher enjoyed a wonderful four-timer on Saturday when Lim's Zerperb, Polaris, Lim's Hero and Raging Bull saluted for the Melbourne Cup-winning conditioner.

Meagher's first win with Lim's Zerperb also provided Australian apprentice Ryan Plumb with the right tool to kick off his new stint in Singapore with a win at his 14 th ride.

Meagher booked the talented rider for Lim’s Zerperb in the $75,000 Class 3 1200m and he never gave the backers of the short priced favourite ($9) any worries in the run.

Ryan Plumb shows his style on Lim's Zerperb

Taken straight to the front from gate nine, Lim’s Zerperb settled well in the run with Plumb content to let new starter Dasanchez (Matt Pumpa) take the leading role, with That’s Me (S John) in third place from Storm Watch (Alan Ng).
The order changed little throughout and while Royal Jade (Barend Vorster) and World Excellence (Sivan) came with flourishing runs over the final 100m, Lim’s Zerperb had it all sewn up.

He went on to win by a length and a half from Royal Jade with World Excellence a neck away third.

“He’s an honest consistent horse,” said Meagher of Lim’s Zerperb who has now four and placed on eight occasions from just 22 starts.

Noel Callow and Lim's Hero

“He’s run over 1400m a few times but I think he’d be lucky to win over that distance.

“This 1200m is probably his go, he doesn’t even like it when we extend his trackwork.

“1200m is nice and short and sharp for him so we’ll look around for more suitable races for him over that distance.”

After paying a brief visit earlier in the year, Plumb has now won five races and is strategically placed on the apprentice’s premiership just three wins behind Matt Kellady (8) (who is now a senior rider) and Adam Fiezan (8), who is currently sidelined through injury.

Polaris starts his racing career with a bang with Matt Pumpa aboard

Meagher later chalked up his second win with newcomer Polaris who started favourite ($14) in the $65,000 Restricted Maiden-2 race (1200m).

Ridden by Pumpa, the Beautiful Crown three-year-old looked like he had to settle for second when Dontworrybehappy (Oscar Chavez) crept up on his outside to put his head in front, but Meagher's horse would not surrender as he fought back on the rails to gain a half-length back on the line.

"He got a bit lost on his own out in front, but once the other horse came alongside him he got going again!" said Meagher.

"He was originally going to go to Hong Kong but he hurt his hock quite badly and didn't pass the entrance tests.

"He's got a bit of brain this horse and he's a nice big grouse type, he should go well here."

Lim's Hero, third in the line of betting in Race 9, proved too strong for his 13 rivals under another masterful display by leading hoop Noel Callow. And the icing on the cake came in the penultimate event when Raging Bull (Soo Khoon Beng) and Lim's Cruiser (Mohd Azrull) quinellaed to offer Meagher a quadruple he will long remember. The payout for the winning forecast was a cool $816 for a $2 bet.

Raging Bull completes John Meagher's rout with Soo Khoon Beng up

"After a bit of an ordinary week, it's been really good to get four winners, especially the last one which was a bit of a bonus," said his son Daniel, Meagher's assistant trainer.


Jo Adams / Michael Lee