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Ato Wins Singapore Gr1 Patrons Bowl
In Singapore yesterday, recently deceased former shuttler & in recent years permanently Australian-based stallion Royal Academy (Nijinsky-Crimson Saint, by Crimson Satan) added a Gr1 triumph when South African-bred 4YO entire Ato (Royal Academy-Another Legend, by Lyphards Wish) scored a 0.25-length victory in the S$500,000 (A$400,000) Gr1 Patrons Bowl (1600m & 2nd leg of the Singapore 4YO Triple Crown) at Kranji. Ato (ridden by Barend Vorster for trainer Patrick Shaw) defeated New Zealand-bred gelding Nandowra (Savabeel-Fabaz, by O'Reilly) & Australian-bred gelding Gingerbread Man (Shamardal-Quaffle, by Hurricane Sky). Ato took his record to 8 wins (also including May's Gr1 KrisFlyer International Sprint over 1200m & 2011's Gr3 Singapore Garden City Trophy over 1200m) & 8 placings (including April's Gr3 Kranji Sprint over 1200m & March's Gr3 Merlion Trophy over 1200m, plus 2011's Gr2 E.W.Barker Trophy over 1400m, Gr3 Garden City Trophy over 1200m & Gr1 Singapore Guineas over 1600m) from 21 starts.