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War Affair Racing Against The Clock
Reigning Singapore Horse of the Year War Affair may have run out of time in his race to be fit for the first leg of the Singapore Triple Crown, the Gr1 Kranji Mile (1600m), on October 4. Unsighted since his narrow second to Quechua in the Gr1Singapore Derby (2000m) in July, the New Zealand-bred son of O'Reilly was preparing for an eagerly awaited showdown with fellow Kiwi-bred Spalato in the Gr3 Jumbo Jet Trophy (1400m) on September 6, but was sensationally scratched a few days prior to the race after injuring his fetlock. "His scans came back good last week. The suspensory is all healed and he's back in work," trainer Alwin Tan said. "But the injury has interrupted his programme. He is behind in his work and I don't think it would be fair on him [to run in the Kranji Mile]. I also don't want to rush him and then he runs a bad race. I would rather wait." Tan said there was also a question mark over the second leg of the Singapore Triple Crown - the Gr1 Raffles Cup on October 25 - but that he would make a final decision in due course. "I'm not sure about the Raffles Cup at this stage. I may have to run him straight in the Gold Cup but look for other races as a lead-up. We'll see," he said. "As for overseas races, it's too early to talk about it, but Hong Kong is out. Maybe Dubai next year."