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Raffles Cup is the winner's next target

Trainer Alwin Tan, who took over War Affair from Mark Walker late last year, heaved a big sigh of relief after the race.

"A bit stressful, you know, when I took over this horse and, today, he has proven to us again that he is a very good horse," he said.

Under Walker, the New Zealand-bred by O'Reilly raced eight times, posting six wins in a row, including the Group 2 Aushorse Golden Horseshoe over 1,200m. He was also voted Champion Two-Year-Old.

Since he took over, Tan has saddled the horse six times for four wins and two seconds and is virtually assured of the Champion Three-Year-Old title, after his clean sweep of the Group 3 Singapore Three-Year-Old Sprint over 1,200m, the Group 2 Singapore Three-Year-Old Classic over 1,400m and the Group 1 Singapore Guineas over 1,600m.

Last start, he resumed after a four-month break to finish second to Magneto in the Committee's Prize and he certainly improved tremendously with that run under his belt.

Tan, however, was mindful of his wide barrier and had no choice but to press on with a more forward run.

"I was a bit concerned because we felt, with this type of barrier, we had no choice, you know," he said.

"I told Danny, if possible, we can sit back a bit and save some ground, but the horse travelled very keenly and we were caught three-four wide but, luckily, his class shone through."

Tan will now target War Affair for the Raffles Cup and the Gold Cup.