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Aust-Bred Top Spin Wins Singapore Gr1 Kranji Mile
In Singapore yesterday, Lomar Park Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Arena (Danehill-Lee's Bid, by Tawfiq) added Gr1 triumph when Australian-bred 5YO gelding Top Spin (Arena-Gas, by Strategic) scored a 1.25-lengths victory in the S$500,000 (A$400,000) Gr1 Kranji Mile (1600m). Top Spin (ridden by Australian jockey Noel Callow for Kiwi trainer Laurie Laxon) defeated favoured fellow 5YO gelding Chevron (Medicean-Lishaway, by Polish Precedent) & Australian-bred 4YO gelding The Hornet (High Yield-Millennium Miss, by Flying Spur). Previously in 2008 at Kranji, Top Spin won July's Gr1 Singapore Derby (2000m), June's Gr2 Singapore Derby Trial (1600m), March's Gr3 Chairman's Trophy (1800m), plus both February's Gr3 Three Rings Trophy (1400m) & Gr3 Singapore 4YO Mile (1600m); & in April he finished 3rd in the Gr2 Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2000m). Overall Top Spin now has 14 wins & 7 placings (including all 3 legs of Singapore's 2007 3YO Challenge, plus November's Gr1 Singapore Gold Cup over 2200m) from 23 starts for over S$2 million (A$1.6m) earnings.