By Candice Gollan
Cambridge-trained War Affair, pictured, has had his rating decreased by the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Board following an inquiry.
War Affair returned to New Zealand from Singapore after winning five-Group One races and earning over three-million-dollars in prize money with a New Zealand domestic Rating of 108.
Following the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Handicapping Policy, trainer Stephen Marsh requested a review of War Affair’s domestic New Zealand Rating.
“We felt his rating was too high,” Marsh said. “So, I questioned it.”
After consulting with the independent New Zealand Liaison Officer and the Victorian Handicapping Panel, War Affair has had his New Zealand domestic rating adjusted to 105.
“It means he can run in Open Handicap races at 61kgs, which is still a lot of weight but it’s better than carrying 62.5kgs, Marsh said. “Which was impossible.”
War Affair is set to trial at Te Rapa on Tuesday 18th September and then head to the Hawkes Bay Livamol Classic day to run in the Group Three Red Badge Spring Sprint (1400m).
“It gives him a good run,” Marsh said. War Affair’s main goal is the Rydges Wellington Captain Cook Stakes (1600m). “Chances are he will probably head back to Singapore after that.”