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War Affair returns
21 Nov 2017

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 thereafter.

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.