2014 Singapore Horse of the Year War Affair
(O’Reilly x Kristique) has returned to Trelawney for some rest and recuperation
and has quickly settled back into the kiwi lifestyle.
Keeping him company is Solzhenitsyn (St Petersberg
x Tri Victory), who holds his own when comparing race records having two Gr.1
Toorak Handicaps to his credit.
War Affair, winner of five Group One races
in Singapore, will spell at Trelawney for six months in a bid to treat his
well-documented wind issues, and hopefully resurrect his racing career
Sold through the farm’s 2012 NZB draft for
$70,000, War Affair is a winner of 16 races and more than $3 million in stakes
money. He last raced in the Jumbo Jet
Trophy (1400m) on September 10 after which the decision was made to spell him.
Trelawney are thrilled that trainer Bruce
Marsh and owners, the Ong Family, decided to send War Affair back to his
birthplace for his break.
Purchased for a mere $10,000 at the 2007
NZB sale Solzhenitsyn was raced by Cherry Taylor and a group of friends
including well known bloodstock agents Damon Gabbedy and Paul Willetts.
Solzhenitsyn had been spending his
retirement from racing at Clayton Chipperfield’s Te Awamutu property where he
partners the breakers and young horses in their early education, however the
former Robert Heathcote charge got the call up when a suitable companion was
needed for War Affair.
With seven Group One wins between them, these
two paddock mates surely have some tales to tell each other while relaxing in
the summer sun enjoying the best Trelawney has to offer.