The Siu family’s quest for a Group One BMW Hong Kong Derby win already looked on track after Eagle Way’s impressive local debut but European import Time Warp is another to add to the arsenal.
Family patriarch Siu Pak-kwan paid big money for Eagle Way and the Queensland Derby winner seemingly justified the spend with an impressive first-up win on international day.
Siu also owns the John Size-trained Derby eligible import Dinozzo, who could sneak into the field for the Derby as well after a last start win that took his rating to 78.
The family’s red and black striped silks have been a fixture in feature races for years now but the closest Siu has come to winning a Derby was when Self Flit, a horse he co-owned with Tony Cheung Tze-tung, was second to Elegant Fashion in 2003.
Time Warp, owned by Pak-kwan’s son Martin Siu Kim-sun, won five on end when with Sir Mark Prescott in England, including two Listed wins in France.
A solid turf trial by Time Warp under Silvestre de Sousa signalled the Tony Cruz-trained charge is ready to go to the races and a 1,400m Class Two on Tuesday looks likely.
Time Warp hasn’t jumped well in his trials, and while he wasn’t perfect again on Tuesday, the chestnut did muster speed quickly to take up a prominent spot and ran through the line well, under a hold.
By 2008 QEII Cup winner Archipenko, Time Warp has won up to 1,650m, and on heavy ground over a mile, but should handle a little more distance in his new home.
Benno Yung Tin-pang’s 71-rated four-year-old Lucky Dollar (Keith Yeung Ming-lun) made a good impression in his first local trial in second, while the Cruz-trained Beauty Way (Zac Purton) got to the line well after being a little slow to begin.
It will be a race against the clock for many imports brought in with 2017 Derby aspirations as trainers try and qualify horses for the first of the four-year-old series, the Group One Hong Kong Classic Mile, on January 22.
Danny Shum Chap-shing’s New Zealand import Rocky Malone (Purton) was in a lather of sweat before a 800m trial but got through his work well.