Sibling rivalry will come to a head at Sha Tin on Sunday when two of Hong Kong’s most exciting gallopers clash for the first time in a quality renewal of the G3 Sa Sa Ladies’ Purse Handicap (1800m).
Time Warp and Glorious Forever are sons of the late Lanwades Stud stallion Archipenko, out of the homebred mare Here To Eternity. Both started their careers in Britain – the former with Sir Mark Prescott, the latter under Ed Walker’s watch – and both have thrived as on-pace gallopers in Hong Kong’s tough mix.
Big brother Time Warp ascended to the pinnacle last term with a pair of G1 wins; the first, a breakthrough score in the LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2000m); the second, a record breaking dip inside two minutes for Sha Tin’s 2000m in the Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup.
Glorious Forever, one year younger at age four, but a forward-racing chestnut just the same, rounded out a four-race first campaign with two wins late last season. The second, a Class 2 victory on 8 July, snatched his older sibling’s 10-furlong record. The Frankie-Lor-trained galloper clocked 1m 59.53s – a blink of 0.44s quicker than Time Warp’s mark.
Champion jockey Zac Purton is the regular partner for each horse and with the kid brother low in the handicap (112lb), he will stick with the highly-weighted Time Warp (131lb). Glorious Forever will have Chad Schofield in the plate.