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War Affairout for a Grand Slam

HORSE OF THE MOMENT: War Affair (above) is attempting to be the first horse to win all three legs of the Singapore Triple Crown Series tomorrow. TNP FILE PHOTO

So who will be the best at this year's Longines Singapore Gold Cup?

That's easy.

WAR AFFAIR, that's who.

A winner of 11 races from 15 starts, he wants the Gold Cup and the third leg of the Singapore Triple Crown Series. He took the last two. Can he take the last?

Well, his connections, Warplan Stable, will be watching with interest as their hero hits his stride at the top of the straight.

They will hope that his finishing burst will be as powerful as the pair of binoculars through which they will follow his journey.

So far, he hasn't let them down. But the Panasonic Mile and the Raffles Cup were both weight-for-age events.

The Gold Cup is a handicap and I shudder as I remember what another one of my heroes, that multiple Melbourne Cup-winning trainer, Bart Cummings, famously said: "Weight stops trains."

Come tomorrow, let's hope the locomotive engine which War Affair obviously possesses, does not run out of steam under the 58kg and becomes the first horse to achieve the Grand Slam in the Singapore Triple Crown Series started in 2000.

Because, like we heard Jemma Rix sing so hauntingly about heroes a couple of Tuesdays ago, we are all right behind War Affair as he goes on with his mission "to be the best that he can be".