Racing: War Affair wins Horse of the Year accolade

War Affair has been crowned 2014 Horse of the Year at the Singapore Racing Awards on Tuesday night.

The New Zealand-bred gelding swept all three legs of the Singapore Three-Year-Old Challenge and also captured the first two legs of the prestigious Singapore Triple Crown - the Panasonic Kranji Mile (1,600m) and the Raffles Cup (1,800m), both Group 1 events.

Trained by Singaporean handler Alwin Tan, War Affair won five feature races last season, the most by any horse last term, and collected more than $1 million in stakes earnings during his 2014 campaign for owners the Warplan Racing Stable.

Also honoured in the gala ceremony hosted by the Association of Racehorse Trainers of Singapore at the Regent Hotel was Emirates Singapore Derby winner Spalato, who was named Champion Four-Year-Old.

The John O'Hara-trained galloper was unbeaten in his six starts at Kranji from distances between 1,000m to 2,000m, with the Group 1 Derby and Group 1 Patron's Bowl (1,600m) among the highlights of his debut season.

Veteran Kiwi conditioner Laurie Laxon claimed his ninth Champion Trainer title after posting 80 wins last year while Brazilian hoop Manoel Nunes clinched the Champion Jockey trophy thanks to his 108 winners last year. The Champion Apprentice gong went to Malaysian A'Isisuhairi Kasim (35 winners) for the second straight year.

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