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Weight Stops Why Be's 18th Singapore Win
In Singapore yesterday, the 9kgs gap proved too much of a burden for star Australian-bred 4YO gelding Why Be (Success Express-Charybdis, by Royal Academy) when ill-fated former Durham Lodge stallion Scenic (Sadler's Wells-Idyllic, by Foolish Pleasure) added a group success as 6YO gelding & 1st-up specialist Always Fast (Scenic-Speech Of Praise, by Cheraw) scored a 2-lengths victory in the S$200,000 (A$160,000) Gr3 Kranji Sprint (1200m). Always Fast (ridden by John Sundradas for Australian trainer Don Baertschiger) defeated fast-finishing 7YO gelding Lim's Classic (Dehere-Augustine, by Black Zephyr) with front-running Why Be (ridden by Barend Vorster for expatriate Kiwi trainer Laurie Laxon) in 3rd place. At his previous start Why Be (originally an A$20,000 weanling at the 2003 Inglis Select Sale in Sydney & then resold for NZ$26,000 as a yearling at the 2004 NZB Select Sale at Karaka) had recorded his 8th successive victory (& 17th overall win in Singapore) by claiming the Kranji A Stakes (1200m) on February 25. The winner Always Fast had also won 2006's Gr2 E.W.Barker Cup.