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   War Affair (NZ) T: R B Marsh J: D R Beasley
6g   O'Reilly (NZ) x Kristique (USA) (Kris S. (USA) )
 Lot 273 2012 NZB Premier Yearling Sale
Vendor - Trelawney Stud Ltd
Buyer - Mr DC Ellis  $70,000
 1   Storm Troops (ARG) T: R Le Grange J: N Juglall

5g   Orpen (USA) x Stormy (USA) (Elusive Quality (USA) )
Not Offered
 3 0.1 Hip Hip Hooray (NZ) T: M Clements J: M Zaki
5g   Tavistock (NZ) x Timpin (NZ) (Pins )
 Lot 1451 2013 NZB Festival Yearling Sale
Vendor - Timberlee Thoroughbreds
Buyer - Psd$14,000 Res$23,000    
 4 1.6 Poseidon (NZ) T: C I Brown J: V Duric
5g   Gold Centre x Waikiki Princess (Turtle Island (IRE) )
 5 1.8 Daniel (NZ) T: L K Laxon J: K A'isisuhairi
6g   Guillotine (NZ) x Tina (NZ) (Danasinga )
 6 1.9 Twickenham T: S Gray J: I Azhar
6g   Artie Schiller (USA) x Lady Migaloo (General Nediym )
 7 2.9 Nova Strike (NZ) T: H W Tan J: M Nunes
4g   Red Giant (USA) x La Panthere (NZ) (Generous (IRE) )
 8 3.2 Well Done (NZ) T: D Kok J: M Rodd
5g   Falkirk (NZ) x Gold Cloud (NZ) (Truly Vain )
 9 3.3 Magnum (NZ) T: J Peters J: Alan Munro
4g   Per Incanto (USA) x Sound Lover (NZ) (Sound Reason (CAN) )
 10 4.3 Best Tothelign (NZ) T: S Baertschiger J: C C Wong
6g   Align x Dancertina (Danehill Dancer (IRE) )
 11 6.6 Bahana (NZ) T: S Gray J: G Boss
5g   Elusive City (USA) x Khales (NZ) (Don Eduardo (NZ) )
 12 7.9 Wonderful T: S Baertschiger J: M Kellady
5g   Hidden Dragon x Covet Gold (Sequalo )
 13 8.4 Mr Fantastic (SAF) T: R Le Grange J: R Woodworth
5g   Jet Master (SAF) x Jalberry (SAF) (Jallad (USA) )
 14 10.2 Darci Charmer (NZ) T: M Clements J: O Chavez
6g   Darci Brahma (NZ) x Star Charm (NZ) (Cape Cross (IRE) )
 15 12.5 Laser Storm (NZ) T: R B Marsh J: R Shafiq
6g   Lucky Owners (NZ) x Miss Ivanovic (Reenact )
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