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Why Be Wins Singapore Sprint

Monday, 3rd April 2006

In Singapore yesterday, Vinery Stud stallion Success Express (Hold Your Peace-Au Printemps, by Dancing Champ) has a potential star on the scene after 3YO Why Be (Success Express-Charybdis, by Royal Academy) confirmed his rating as "potentially 1 of the best sprinters Singapore has ever seen" with a 4.25-lengths victory in the S$200,000 (A$160,000) Gr3 Kranji Sprint (1200m) declared the official Singapore Turf Club report. Why Be (who won last season's Gr3 Singapore Juvenile Championship over 1200m, following a stunning 10.5-lengths romp on debut) was ridden by Sam Subian for expatriate NZ trainer Laurie Laxon; he "toyed with his rivals & his performance on the heavy track just added further to his credentials, with the versatile horse now winning on all manner of surfaces". Why By (originally an A$20,000 weanling at the 2003 Inglis Select Sale in Sydney & then resold as a NZ$26,000 yearling at the 2004 NZ Bloodstock Select Sale) now has 8 wins & 2 runner-ups in 10 starts for over S$1.2 million (A$960,000) earnings & jockey Subian declared: "I just wanted to see what he could do & when I asked him for more, he just flew! He's without doubt the best horse I have ever ridden." And Laxon (who has trained many Group winners in Singapore, NZ & Australia) added: "He's a very good young horse. I don't know if he is as good as Ninetyfive Emperor (who won 10 straight in Singapore) but he is certainly 1 of the best sprinters I have ever had." Yesterday's race was also the 1st leg of the 2006 Singapore Sprint Series: the next 2 legs are the Fischer Stakes (1200m) on April 21 & Lion City Cup (1200m) on May 13.

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