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NZ Briefs for 27th November 2018

War Affair returning to Singapore; Black-type targets for Bisou Bisou;
War Affair returning to Singapore
Stephen Marsh is disappointed he won’t get an opportunity to test War Affair again this season.
The former Singapore topliner has had two starts since joining Marsh’s Cambridge stable and performed creditably.
He finished seventh on an unsuitable slow9 track in the Gr.2 Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa then, after winning a trial, he ran fourth to the highly acclaimed Te Akau Shark in the Gr.3 Red Badge Spring Sprint (1400m) at Hastings last month.
“I thought he went a top race at Hastings,” Marsh said. “He had 61 kilos and Te Akau Shark had only 53 kilos.
“I was looking forward to giving him a crack at some of the other big races, but his owner has decided he wants him back in Singapore.
“He’s just waiting around for the next available flight, but that won’t be for a while.
“It’s a shame to see him I’d have loved to have a crack at a few good ones with him.”
War Affair, the winner of 15 races and more than $3.4 million in prizemoney, will be returning to the Singapore stable of Marsh’s father, Bruce, who took over his training after he finished second in the 2015 Singapore Derby (2000m). He prepared him to win two races including the Listed Saas Fee Stakes (1400m).
War Affair was initially prepared by another former Kiwi trainer, Mark Walker, and won six races in succession and was runner-up in the 2013 Raffles Cup (1800m).
Before joining Bruce Marsh’s stable, his wins included the Patron’s Bowl (1600m) and the 2014 Raffles Cup.
“He’s looking great and I’m sure he can win more,” Marsh said.
Black-type targets for Bisou Bisou
Well-travelled mare Bisou Bisou achieved black-type at Counties on Saturday when victorious in the Gr.2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1400m).
The seven-year-old is now unbeaten in her two starts for new trainer Nigel Tiley and will be set for more stakes targets this season after beating Group One winner Volpe Veloce by a short-head on Saturday.
“She was very well ridden and Andrew (Calder, jockey) saved a lot of ground on her,” Tiley said.
“Volpe Veloce got caught three deep and that was probably the difference. We were very pleased with the result.
“We’re looking for fillies and mares races (with her now). There’s a nice race coming up at Te Rapa in three weeks’ time, the Cal Isuzu Stakes. It’s 1 m, so we’ll try and stretch her out to a mile.
“She’s had three goes at a mile and has had a couple of placings, I don’t think it’s beyond her. That’s the plan and black-type is what they (owners) want, so black-type is what we will be aiming for.”

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