Smart three-year-old War Affair is two-third away from the perfect cleansweep in the inaugural More Magic 3YO Championship series after he crushed his peers to another dominant victory in the second Leg, the $100,000 Newgate Farm Stakes (1400m) on Sunday.
Already winner of the first Leg, the Premier Racing Partnerships Stakes (1200m) 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 well on course for the third Leg of the new series, the Group3 $150,000More Magic Ready To Run Sales 2013 Championship (1600m) on October 13, with trainer Mark Walker eagerly looking forward to the step-up to the mile.
War Affair and Joao Moreira make a one-act affair of the Newgate Farm Stakes on Sunday.
"We'll see how he pulls up and his next race is now the Three-Year-Old mile race in three weeks' time," 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.
But the Michael Freedman-trained Desert Fox, portrayed as his biggest danger again after his third in the Premier Racing Partnerships Stakes and a closing second to War Affair in the Group 3 Magic Millions Juvenile Championship (1200m) earlier on last July, had no excuse this time as he was beaten fair and square in third more than four lengths astern.
Rikioh (Danny Beasley), who tried to pinch the race from the front, was the one who picked up second-best tag finishing 2 ¼ lengths away, while Freedman's second runner Bogart (Manoel Nunes) could only muster fourth place. The winning time was 1min 23.1secs.
Moreira, who was finding the end of an unusually long winless meeting (two seconds and three thirds in nine previous rides), was again struggling to find epithets to describe the Warplan Racing Stable-owned gelding, also the former juvenile champion, who besides the Juvenile Championship, also took out the other 2YO feature, the Group 2 Aushorse Singapore Horseshoe (1200m) last May.
The winning team. Jockey Joao Moreira, Trisha Ong (Madam Pam's daughter), Madam Pam Sew Chaw with trainer Mark Walker proudly showing off their silverware following War Affair's win in the Newgate Farm Stakes.
"I've said it before and I'll say it again, he was the best 2YO and he's clearly the best 3YO now," said Moreira who will be missing the next two meetings at Kranji as he goes to his native Brazil for a short break.
"He's a dream horse to have for anybody and I'm just the blessed boy to be sitting on top of him.
"I suppose many people must have thought I would be a lot handier, but I knew he would run on and I rode him with a lot of confidence.
"Mark has done a fantastic job to keep improving him from where he was all the way to where he is now. I still believe he'll be a much better horse in six months' time.
"He'll be even better over the mile and I hope I will still be around when he goes for the third Leg over that trip."
The news that the three-time Singapore champion jockey is pulling up stumps to move to Hong Kong for good was the bombshell that became the talk of the townlast week, but he did indicate he would only leave for the former British colony on October 16 should his application for a jockey's licencebe approved by the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
Walker for one would prefer tokeep Moreira on top, but regardless of who takes the reins, he was clearly in awe at the way War Affair has come by leaps and bounds since his main New Zealand supporter David Ellis bought him.
"A special word for David who bought him for only NZ$70,000 as a yearling at the Karaka sales," said the former five-time New Zealand champion trainer.
"It goes to show you can buy cheap horses and they go on to become champions. I heard Cliff Brown will be going to that sale soon."
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Champion jockey Joao Moreira kept his winning momentum on the upswing as he booted home a race-to-race treble in Race 4, 5 and 6 at Friday night's Polytrack meeting.The Brazilian maestro, who made history with his magnificent eight-from-eight last Friday, showed he had no intentions of slowing down after he first brought $51 outsider Picture with a well-timed run to land the $35,000 Kranji Stakes D race over 1900m before getting right back on the button with $11 favourite Meshmaker in the next race, the $75,000 Class 3 race over 1700m, followed by a determined ride to steer $8 favourite Veglatica home by half-a-length in the $35,000 Maiden race over 1700m.Surprisingly, Meshmaker, a five-year-old by Testa Rossa who ran an eye-catching second to Meaisin at his last start, was the one Moreira was not exuding a great deal of confidence about before the race.
Meshmaker on his way to providing Joao Moreira with a race-to-race double on Friday night.
Moreira actually thought he had settled for second pick when he accepted the booking on Meshmaker, a horse he had never ridden before, at the expense of Super Junior, whom he has conversely partnered to three of his four wins, but he started to warm up to his mount's chances the more he studied his form."I never rode him before but I thought he was a very good ride the more I looked at his form," said the avid form student."To be honest, I thought Super Junior would be the favourite, but I thought Meshmaker has not had much luck at his last starts. He missed the jump once or twice."From gate No 1, he got a perfect run through when they went off the fence and when I peeled him off for his run he gave me a nice kick."Winning trainer Cliff Brown's assistant-trainer Chris Bock said the Australian import has been knocking on the door after his unplaced effort in the Group 1 Emirates Singapore Derby (2000m) last July and fully deserved that first victory on local soil."It was a good event for him tonight. It was a muddling-run race, but hegot out at the right time and won a nice race," said Bock."I'm happy for the owner David Fuller, who is from Australia and shares that horse with Peter Twomey from Inglis."The early stages of the race saw U Got It (A'Isisuhairi Kasim) and Solitaire (John Powell) trading leads before they eye-balled each other midrace to the point of turn. Restrained by A'Isisuhairi, U Got It overraced noticeably from the back before he went for broke at the 300m mark as he was finally given his head.But Meshmaker was also sailing home on the outside to produce the better finish and score by three parts of a length from the fast-finishing Super Junior (Alan Munro) with U Got It weakening late to run third another head away. The winning time was 1min 47.69secs.
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Bitobliss may have started an odds-on favourite at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday but there were more than few questions for the rising star of the sport.
Drawn the extreme barrier over the sprint trip, he had to work three wide in the final lap but he produced a crushing display to loom up outside Melpark Major and charge through the line a comfortable winner.
The early lead was taken up by Im Barney Rubble who was then crossed by Toulouse Lautrec but down the back the final time Melpark Major had loomed up out wide.
As the Alan Tubbs runner shot to the front, Scott Stewart stalked the near-million-dollar pacer into the race and cruised up as they swung for home.
In the end it was a no contest because the dual-Kilmore Cup winner, who is on track for a third, was barely tested as he cut loose in to record a blistering 27.4secs.
They never stopped running in a stunning 1:52.4 mile rate, helped by the earlier speed burn.
Melpark Major held second from the fast-finishing Broadways Best who was strung up in traffic before the bend.
The True Roman Trotters Free For All was taken out by Elegant Image as he staked his claim to be the best squaregaiter in Australasia.
Leading from the pole, the son of S J's Photo was too strong for Kyvalley Blur and Mister Zion.
The mile rate was timed in 1:59.3 with a 58.7 last half.
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