Joao Moreira has been casting admiring looks at Time Warp for some time and Sunday’s (5 November) G3 Sa Sa Ladies’ Purse Handicap (1800m) affords the champion jockey a first chance to partner the strapping chestnut in competition.
The Brazilian ace takes over from Alvin Ng, who guided Tony Cruz’s charge to a hat-trick of impressive wins at the end of last term. That winning streak ended first-up this campaign when the British import finished a solid third behind Beauty Generation in the G3 Celebration Cup Handicap (1400m).
Moreira climbed astride Time Warp for the first and only time to date on 24 October. The Archipenko gelding made all of the running that morning to lead home 11 others in a 1200m all-weather barrier trial that also featured Sunday’s rivals Nassa (113lb), Eagle Way (128lb) and Horse Of Fortune (131lb).