Racing: 1,600m not a problem for War Affair

Racing: 1,600m not a problem for War Affair

Smart three-year-old WAR AFFAIR crushed his peers for another dominant victory in the second leg of the inaugural More Magic 3YO Championship series - the $100,000 Newgate Farm Stakes over 1,400m in Race 10 at Kranji on Sunday.

Already the winner of the first leg, the Premier Racing Partnerships Stakes over 1,200m three weeks ago, the son of O'Reilly took the extra 200m like a duck to water with a last-to-first win that left his five rivals scrambling for the minors at the back.

War Affair, who tasted defeat only once in six starts when fourth on debut, is now on course for the third leg - the Group 3 $150,000 More Magic Ready To Run Sales 2013 Championship over 1,600m on Oct 13, with trainer Mark Walker eagerly looking forward to the step-up to the mile.

Said the New Zealander: "This horse will keep improving with more distance. It will be his first time over the mile, but the way he is going, it should not be a problem for him at all.

"From the draw today, I told Joao (Moreira) to go back and ride him like he was the best horse in the race.

"Even though he tailed off early, I was always confident he was the best horse and would finish the strongest. There was a bit of buffeting in the home straight, but that's him. He just runs about a bit."

After smoking his pipe at the back on the rails, Moreira waited for the run to the line on the long course to pop the question to War Affair.

Once eased out to the middle, the brown gelding unleashed his trademark turn of foot to hit the front in one fell swoop, though he was inclined to roll in under pressure, causing a slight bunching up on his inside.

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