Not many would have predicted such a new lease of life from the former Singapore juvenile champion following an ordinary Australian stint that was meant to resurrect his career – only one win at Werribee in eight starts - last year, but the Lope De Vega five-year-old may well be the early favourite for Singapore Horse of the Year honours if he maintains the same rich vein of form to the end, even if we're only at the halfway mark of the 2021 season.
Ridden positive outside expected leader Passport To Rome (Shafrizal Saleh), Lim's Lightning (Danny Beasley) was always travelling like an even-money favourite while his most immediate threat, Kharisma (Wong Chin Chuen) could also give his backers few reasons to worry with his ground-saving run in the box-seat.
But as the small eight-horse field packed up at the top of the straight, Beasley was still nursing Lim's Lightning along, biding his time for another 200m before going flat to the boards.
As a result, Kharisma was trapped on the rails with no way out, as barrier one in such tactically run races in small fields can often turn from dream spot to death trap.
It's only as Lim's Lightning cleared past Passport To Rome that Wong could extricate Kharisma from the pickle he had found himself in.
By then the bird had flown as Daniel Meagher's star horse kept attacking the line which he went on to cross with a good 1 ½ lengths to spare from the luckless Kharisma. Passport To Rome managed to cling on to third place another two lengths away.
Top Knight continues to disappoint even with the benefit of a four-kilo claim from apprentice jockey Jerlyn Seow Poh Hui. He made his run on the outside but plodded for fourth place another length away.
The winning time was 1min 22.29secs for the 1400m on the Long Course.
Meagher said his charge would have still won even if Stephen Gray's Kharisma had been uncaged earlier.
"Dan gave him a very soft run. He only hit him a couple of times," said the Australian conditioner.
"He had 59kgs and gave the runner-up 4.5kgs. Even if he had come out, my horse would have still won, he carried the weight well and was too good.
"It's a great win and a great team effort. Everybody's done a great job with this horse."
With that seventh win in 14 starts that also yielded four placings, Lim's Lightning has taken his stakes earnings past the $880,000 mark for the Lim's Stable, with the distinct possibility of further swelling as richer pickings loom.
"We'll get him ready for August in a Class 1 race over 1200m and then he'll go for the Raffles Cup," said Meagher.
The $300,000 Group 1 Raffles Cup (1600m) is the first Leg of the Singapore Triple Crown series and is due on September 18.
In the meantime, the Meagher-Beasley toasted to their fruitful association with a double courtesy of another favourite in Watch Out Boss ($15) two races later in the $50,000 Class 4 Division 2 race over 1200m.
First Chief (Krisna Thangamani) was a winner everywhere except on the line when Meagher's son of Bullet Train came with a steady finish to just nab the leader by a short head.
With that fourth win from 25 starts, Watch Out Boss has now amassed prizemoney in excess of the $220,000 mark for Meagher who also owns him.