Champion galloper War Affair’s (O'Reilly x Kristique) 2016 stop-and-start campaign has been put on hold again following some concerns over his fitness.
Recently transferred from Alwin Tan to Bruce Marsh, the son of O’Reilly was gearing up for his new team and was even being aimed at the Kranji Stakes A race over 1400m on February 9 as his much-anticipated comeback race.
But Marsh decided to pull the pin this week after re-assessing the 2014 Singapore Horse of the Year’s condition.
“He was coming along well but there’s been a slight hold-up in his preparation,” said a disappointed Marsh.
“He’s not 100% and we prefer not to take any chances. He will be put away for two months and that means Dubai is off.”
War Affair figures among 10 individual Singapore runners entered for the upcoming Dubai World Cup meeting on March 26. He was nominated for the Group 1 US$6 million Dubai Turf (1800m).
Belonging to the Ong family of Warplan Racing Stable, War Affair is a 14-time winner, including five at Group 1 level, and stakes earner of close to $2.8 million.
He last ran in the Group 1 Emirates Singapore Derby (2000m) last July running a brave second to Quechua. His 2015 Singapore Triple Crown preparation was since interrupted by injury, which he seemed to have overcome until this latest cloud over his fitness came up. -STC