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Ato Wins Singapore Gr3 Fee Stakes
In Singapore yesterday, recently deceased former shuttler Royal Academy (Nijinsky-Crimson Saint, by Crimson Satan) added a Gr3 success when 5YO horse Ato (Royal Academy-Another Legend, by Lyphard's Wish) scored a 1.25-lengths victory in the S$200,000 Gr3 Saas Fee Stakes (1400m) at Kranji, over 5YO geldings King Empire (Minardi-Certain Edition, by Kaaptive Edition) and Excavator (Happy Giggle-Honey Bouquet, by Last Tycoon). Ato (an $850,000 yearling consigned by Maine Chance Farms at the 2009 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale in South Africa) took his record to 9 wins (also including the Gr1 Krisflyer International Sprint, Listed Patrons' Bowl & Listed Woodlands Handicap) & 9 placings (including the Listed Barker Trophy, Listed Merlion Trophy, Listed Kranji Sprint, Listed Kranji Mile, Listed Singapore Guineas & Listed Garden City Trophy) from 25 starts.