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Big Maverick Wins Singapore Gr1 Raffles Cup
In Singapore yesterday, NZ Waikato Stud sire O'Reilly (Last Tycoon-Courtza, by Pompeii Court) added a Gr1 triumph when 5YO gelding Big Maverick (O'Reilly-Ajfan, by Woodman) scored a half-length victory in the S$500,000 (A$400,000) Gr1 Raffles Cup (1800m) at Kranji. Big Maverick (ridden by Saimee Jumaat for trainer Laurie Laxon) defeated Australian-bred 6YO gelding Cheyenne Dancer (Indian Danehill-Daylight Hour, by Brief Truce) & fellow 6YO gelding Waikato (Pins-Skywalker Wilkes, by Skywalker). Big Maverick (a NZ$87,500 yearling at the 2006 NZ Bloodstock Premier Sale at Karaka) took his record to 8 wins (also including both 2008's Gr3 3YO Challenge-First Leg over 1200m & Gr2 Singapore 3YO Challenge-2nd Leg over 1400m, plus 2007's Gr3 Steward's Cup over 1400m) & 9 placings (including 2008's Gr2 Singapore 3YO Challenge-Final Leg over 1600m, Gr3 Singapore Guineas over 1600m & Gr3 3YO Sprint over 1200m) from 23 starts.