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Aust-Bred Arena Son Wins 3rd Successive Singapore Gr3
In Singapore, Lomar Park Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Arena (Danehill-Lee's Bid, by Tawfiq) added a group success when Australian-bred 4YO gelding Top Spin (Arena-Gas, by Strategic) made it 3 successive Gr3 victories with a 0.3-length win in the S$200,000 (A$160,000) weight-for-age Gr3 Chairman's Trophy (1800m) at Kranji. Favourite Top Spin (ridden by Australian jockey Noel Callow for Kiwi trainer Laurie Laxon) defeated 3YO colt Onceuponatime (Van Nistelrooy-Scarlet Runner) & 5YO gelding World Delight (Mellifont-Lady Anne). At his previous 2 starts, Top Spin won both February's Gr3 Three Rings Trophy (1400m) at Kranji & Gr3 Singapore 4YO Mile (1600m) at Kranji; overall he now boasts 11 wins & 6 placings (including all 3 legs of Singapore's 2007 3YO Challenge, plus November's Gr1 Singapore Gold Cup over 2200m) from 17 starts for just under S$1 million (A$800,000) prize-money.