Winning Return for Karaka Singapore star
Breednet - Media Release - Monday, 15 May 2017

In his first start for almost eight months, superstar Karaka graduate War Affair (NZ) (O'Reilly) made a triumphant comeback with a dead-heat win in Sunday's S$200,000 Listed Saas Fee Stakes (1400m) at Kranji.

War Affair The 2014 Horse of the Year had already won 15 races and more than 40 times his purchase price at the 2012 Premier Sale. But Sunday's win endeared himself to Singaporean racing fans even further, scripting a fairytale return to racing following a wind operation.

Ridden by Danny Beasley for expat New Zealand trainer Bruce Marsh, War Affair was behind a wall of horses at the 300-metre mark but burst through a gap and charged forward to challenge for the lead. Storm Troops (Orpen) came with a sustained run down the outside and tried to run the champ down. War Affair fought back and the two horses were unable to be separated at the finish line.

"It was a sensational win," Marsh said. "I don't know what happened when he was so far back. The way the track rode today, he had to be really good to win first-up.

"But he's a horse with such a great heart. What is even more amazing is this horse has been through so much behind the scenes and to see him win like that, it's just sensational."

War Affair has now had 25 starts for 16 wins, five placings and more than S$2.96 million in prize-money.

A son of the Kris S mare Kristique , War Affair was bred by Trelawney Stud and was offered as part of Trelawney's draft at the 2012 Premier Sale at Karaka. He was bought there by Te Akau's David Ellis for $70,000.

War Affair's victories include all three legs of the Singapore Three-Year-Old Challenge – the Singapore 3YO Sprint, Singapore 3YO Classic and Singapore Guineas. He has also won the Listed Kranji Mile, Raffles Cup, Lion City Cup, Patron's Bowl, Golden Horseshoe, Stewards' Cup and Juvenile Championship. He was voted Singapore's Champion Two-Year-Old, Champion Three-Year-Old and Champion Four-Year-Old and Miler.

Vendor Trelawney Stud
Purchaser Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau)
Breeding O'Reilly – Krystique
Sale Lot 273, 2012 Premier Sale, $70,000
Race 7 - Saas Fee Stakes
Group 3 - 1400m

Class: Restricted. Track: Good. Time: 1:21.67. Sectional Time: 0:35.18 at 600m.
Prizemoney: $200,000 - 1st: $72,675 2nd: $72,675 3rd: $19,350.
 1   Storm Troops (ARG) T: R Le Grange J: N Juglall
$31
53.0

5g   Orpen (USA) x Stormy (USA) (Elusive Quality (USA) )
Not Offered
 1   War Affair (NZ) T: R B Marsh J: D R Beasley
$16
58.0
6g   O'Reilly (NZ) x Kristique (USA) (Kris S. (USA) )
Not Offered
 3 0.1 Hip Hip Hooray (NZ) T: M Clements J: M Zaki
$501
51.0
5g   Tavistock (NZ) x Timpin (NZ) (Pins )
Not Offered
 4 1.6 Poseidon (NZ) T: C I Brown J: V Duric
$26
53.5
5g   Gold Centre x Waikiki Princess (Turtle Island (IRE) )
 5 1.8 Daniel (NZ) T: L K Laxon J: K A'isisuhairi
$201
54.5
6g   Guillotine (NZ) x Tina (NZ) (Danasinga )
 6 1.9 Twickenham T: S Gray J: I Azhar
$301
54.5
6g   Artie Schiller (USA) x Lady Migaloo (General Nediym )
 7 2.9 Nova Strike (NZ) T: H W Tan J: M Nunes
$26
53.0
4g   Red Giant (USA) x La Panthere (NZ) (Generous (IRE) )
 8 3.2 Well Done (NZ) T: D Kok J: M Rodd
$61
58.0
5g   Falkirk (NZ) x Gold Cloud (NZ) (Truly Vain )
 9 3.3 Magnum (NZ) T: J Peters J: Alan Munro
$51
51.5
4g   Per Incanto (USA) x Sound Lover (NZ) (Sound Reason (CAN) )
 10 4.3 Best Tothelign (NZ) T: S Baertschiger J: C C Wong
$201
54.5
6g   Align x Dancertina (Danehill Dancer (IRE) )
 11 6.6 Bahana (NZ) T: S Gray J: G Boss
$151
58.0
5g   Elusive City (USA) x Khales (NZ) (Don Eduardo (NZ) )
 12 7.9 Wonderful T: S Baertschiger J: M Kellady
$301
53.0
5g   Hidden Dragon x Covet Gold (Sequalo )
 13 8.4 Mr Fantastic (SAF) T: R Le Grange J: R Woodworth
$151
51.5
5g   Jet Master (SAF) x Jalberry (SAF) (Jallad (USA) )
 14 10.2 Darci Charmer (NZ) T: M Clements J: O Chavez
$401
53.0
6g   Darci Brahma (NZ) x Star Charm (NZ) (Cape Cross (IRE) )
 15 12.5 Laser Storm (NZ) T: R B Marsh J: R Shafiq
$301
53.0
6g   Lucky Owners (NZ) x Miss Ivanovic (Reenact )
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