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Aust-Bred Better Than Ever Wins Singapore Gr1
In Singapore, former Arrowfield Stud shuttler & Japan's 2004 Champion 1st Season Sire French Deputy (Deputy Minister-Mitterand, by Hold Your Peace) added a Gr1 triumph when Australian-bred 5YO gelding & 2010 Champion Singapore 3YO & Champion Miler Better Than Ever (French Deputy-Songfest, by Unbridled's Song) scored a 0.25-length victory in the S$500,000 (A$400,000) weight-for-age Gr1 Kranji Mile (1600m) at Kranji. Better Than Ever (ridden by Saimee Jumaat for trainer Laurie Laxon) defeated Australian-bred 4YO gelding Clear For Action (Commands-Petal Power, by Exbourne) & 8YO gelding Waikato (Pins-Skywalker Wilkes, by Skywalker). Better Than Ever (a NZ$80,000 yearling at the 2008 NZB Premier Sale at Karaka) now has 15 wins (also including March’s Gr3 Polytrack Mile Championship over 1600m & February’s Gr3 Three Rings Trophy over 1400m, plus 2010's Gr1 Raffles Cup over 1800m, Gr1 Panasonic Kranji Mile over 1600m, Gr3 Jumbo Jet Trophy over 1400m, Gr1 Singapore Guineas over 1600m, Gr2 3YO Classic over 1400m, Gr3 3YO Sprint over 1200m & Gr3 Three Rings Trophy over 1400m, as well as 2009's Gr3 Steward's Cup over 1400m) & 3 runners-up (including July’s Gr1 Singapore Derby over 2000m & June’s Gr1 Singapore Patron’s Bowl over 1600m) from 21 starts for S$2,455,607 (A$1.964m) earnings.