Former Singapore Horse of the Year (2014) War Affair (O’Reilly x Kristique)
will be returning to New Zealand for a six-month spell while his connections
ponder his future.
Whether the $3
million earner can soar back to such heights, let alone race again will depend
very much on the next six months in New Zealand, where Marsh and his owners,
the Ong family hope the greener space and fresher air can fix his
well-documented wind issues.
The seven-year-old O’Reilly gelding, who was sold for $70,000 from Trelawney Stud's 2012 NZB draft, last raced in the S$200,000 Jumbo
Jet Trophy (1400m) on September 10, where he finished sixth to fellow New
Zealand bred Countofmontecristo.
Trainer Bruce Marsh revealed he could of pushed on with War Affair, but
thought a decent spell in New Zealand would do him the world of good.
“If we had to be very tough, we could have pushed on, but we felt it was
time he gets a proper break from racing,” Marsh said.
“Obviously, we wouldn’t have gone to such lengths with a Class 5 horse.
War Affair owes us nothing but we are trying this and we’ll see what comes out
“He will be going to New Zealand at a place which is still undecided. He
will rest and play there for five to six months.
“We will monitor his progress during that time, and the plan is to race
him back here if he gets better.
“As we all know, he had serious respiratory issues and had a wind
operation which was the first of its kind done here – it was pulled far back.
“He was never really 100 per cent after the op as he then had
complications with a bout of pneumonia.
“Even when he lost at his recent races, he still tried so hard, which
goes to show what a great horse he is to overcome all these obstacles and still
perform at the highest level.”
War Affair is likely to travel to New Zealand at the end of October. -NZ Racing desk