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Unbeaten Aust-Bred Better Than Ever Wins Singapore Gr1
In Singapore yesterday, 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 unbeaten Australian-bred 4YO gelding Better Than Ever (French Deputy-Songfest, by Unbridled's Song) notched his 12th successive win with victory by a neck in the S$500,000 (A$400,000) Gr1 Raffles Cup (1800m) at Kranji. Better Than Ever (ridden by Saimee Jumaat for trainer Laurie Laxon) defeated stable-mate 7YO gelding Waikato (Pins-Skywalker Wilkes, by Skywalker) & 5YO gelding Escamonda (Alpha Plus-Wise Girl, by Gold Trojan). Better Than Ever (a NZ$80,000 yearling at the 2008 NZB Premier Sale at Karaka) now has 12 wins from 12 starts (also including October's Gr1 Panasonic Kranji Mile over 1600m, August's Gr3 Jumbo Jet Trophy over 1400m, May's Gr1 Singapore Guineas over 1600m, April's Gr2 3YO Classic over 1400m, March's Gr3 3YO Sprint over 1200m, February's Gr3 Three Rings Trophy over 1400m & 2009's Gr3 Steward's Cup over 1400m) for S$1,590,435 (A$1.27m) earnings.