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War Affair is the best horse I’ve ridden in Singapore, says beasley

He punched his fist after the winning post, probably more out of relief than jubilation.

After all, jockey Danny Beasley carried the whole of Kranji on his shoulders when he rode $6 favourite WAR AFFAIR in the $500,000 Group 1 Singapore Guineas last night.

"Yes, pretty special. As I have said, I have won a few Group 1s and everyone is special for a special reason, but this one has been a real team effort," said the Australian jockey.

"This horse has had undivided attention for the last six months or so. This was his race, you know. We were confident he would win the other two races - they were bonuses - but this was what we wanted and this is what we got."

The breakneck speed set by two-from-two winner Lively Dragon enabled War Affair to clock a blistering 1min 33.69sec, a new course record for the 1,600m long course.

"The speed was good and we just had a perfect run," said Beasley.

"We buoyed ourselves fifth and, just like the second leg, we couldn't have scripted any better.

"He was enjoying himself and you just start getting goosebumps from that far out. He's a bloody special horse, this horse."

But was he surprised his mount put his nine rivals to bed in a couple of strides?

"Yeah, that was what he does. He has got a great turn of foot and he goes to the front and, like he won by four, but his last 200m, he was coasting, you know," said Beasley.

"He was waiting for somethng to come at him. He has had a couple of the big boys that have knocked him off before but it will take a really good horse to knock him this time."

How would he compare to the other stars he was associated with?

"Oh, it is very unfair to compare but, as far as Singapore horses go, he's the best I've ridden.

"Hopefully, one day, if everything goes well, he'll get to compete internationally and he can prove that because I keep saying it but a lot of people don't believe me, he is a very special horse, this horse."