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Waikato Wins Singapore Gr1 Kranji Mile
In Singapore yesterday, NZ Waikato Stud's Australian-bred stallion Pins (Snippets-No Finer, by Kaoru Star) added a Gr1 triumph when 6YO gelding Waikato (Pins-Skywalker Wilkes, by Skywalker) scored a 0.8-length victory in the S$500,000 (A$400,000) weight-for-age Gr1 Panasonic Kranji Mile (1600m) at Kranji. Waikato (ridden by Australian jockey John Powell for Kiwi trainer Laurie Laxon) defeated 5YO gelded stable-mate Big Maverick (O'Reilly-Ajfan, by Woodman) & front-running Australian-bred fellow 6YO gelding Cheyenne Dancer (Indian Danehill-Daylight Hour, by Brief Truce). Waikato (a NZ$50,000 yearling at the 2005 NZ Bloodstock Premier Sale at Karaka) took his record to 14 wins (also including last month's Gr3 Jumbo Jet Trophy over 1400m at Kranji & that same race in 2008, plus 2008's Gr3 4YO Sprint over 1200m at Kranji) & 9 placings from 29 starts.