At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, 5YO UK-bred gelding Time Warp (Archipenko-Here To Eternity, by Stormy Atlantic) claimed the second top-flight win of his career when gripping on for a strong front-running victory in the HK$10 million Gr1 Hong Kong Gold Cup (2000m), defeating Werther & Seasons Bloom. Time Warp, who began his career in Europe, advanced his record to 10 wins (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Cup & Listed Prix de Pontarme) and 7 placings (including the Gr2 Jockey Club Cup) from 25 starts for £2,603,020 in earnings.
Lanwades Stud in Newmarket has announced the death of Archipenko (Kingmambo-Bound, by Nijinsky) at the age of 13. Trained by Aidan O'Brien and Mike de Kock, the Kentucky-bred Archipenko won six races from 17 starts for over $3 million in prize money. He won races in four different countries, namely England, Ireland, UAE, and Hong Kong, with his biggest win coming in the 2008 Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2000m) at Hong Kong. The classy son of Kingmambo retired to Lanwades Stud in 2010 and also stood one season (2012) at Haras La Quebrada in Argentina. Hitherto, he has sired over 140 individual winners worldwide with progeny earnings of over £6 million. Archipenko's best performed progeny are Gr1 Fillies & Mares Champion Stakes winner Madame Chiang and recent Gr1 Hong Kong Cup winner Time Warp.
At Sha Tin in Hong Kong, 4YO UK-bred gelding Time Warp (Archipenko-Here To Eternity, by Stormy Atlantic) landed the biggest prize of his career when scoring a powerful front-running victory in the HK$25 million Gr1 Hong Kong Cup (2000m), defeating Werther & Neorealism. Time Warp, who began his career in Europe, improved his record to 9 wins (including the Listed Prix de Pontarme) and 7 placings (including the Gr2 Jockey Club Cup) from 23 starts for £2,081,457 in earnings. Trainer Tony Cruz said he was not surprised by the win. “It’s no big surprise to me. The horse has been pushing me to run in this class of race and I believe there is a lot of horse in him. 2000 metres around this course is perfect for him. If he has it his way, nobody can beat him," he said.
At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, Cambridge Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Tavistock (Montjeu-Upstage, by Quest For Fame) added a Group race success when 6YO New Zealand-bred gelding Werther (Tavistock-Bagalollies, by Zabeel) returned to the winner’s circle with a workman-like victory in the HK$4 million Gr2 Jockey Club Cup (2000m), defeating Time Warp & Nassa. Werther, the 2016 Hong Kong Horse of the Year, advanced his record to 10 wins (including the Gr1 Champions & Chater Cup, Gr1 Hong Kong Gold Cup, Gr1 Hong Kong Derby & Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup) and 10 placings (including the Gr1 South Australian Derby & Gr1 Queensland Derby) from 26 starts for $8,181,853 in earnings.
At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, 5YO former South African galloper Nassa (Dynasty-Cosima Liszt, by Rich Man’s Gold) claimed his first win in Hong Kong when storming home for an impressive win in the Gr3 Sa Sa Ladies Purse (1800m), defeating Time Warp & Romantic Touch. Placed in the Gr1 Cape Guineas at Kenilworth as a 3YO, the talented Nassa improved his record to 3 wins and 2 placings from 11 starts for HK$2,00,057 in earnings.
At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, Wellfield Lodge's dual Gr1-winning stallion Road to Rock (Encosta de Lago-Trewornan, by Midyan) added a Group race success when 5YO New Zealand-bred gelding Beauty Generation (Road to Rock-Stylish Bel, by Bel Esprit) overcame a wide draw to score a strong front-running victory in the HK$3 million Gr3 Celebration Cup (1400m), defeating Seasons Bloom & Time Warp. Purchased for $60,000 at the 2014 NZB Select Yearling Sale, Beauty Generation (who raced as Montaigne in Australia) improved his record to 5 wins and 6 placings (including the Gr1 Rosehill Guineas & Hong Kong Derby) from 15 starts for $1,658,848 in earnings.
The 5YO mare Wazawatsyn (Tuscany Flyer-Robinson Girl, by Paris House) made it 2 successive black-type wins in a week by charging home from back in the field to snatch victory by a neck in the NZ$55,000 Listed Eclipse Stakes (1200m) at Wingatui & also take this race for the 2nd year in a row. Wazawatsyn (ridden by Danielle Johnson for trainers Peter & Dawn Williams) defeated 5YO gelding Ketchiben (Senor Pete-Ketchikau, by Kreisler) & 8YO gelding Time Warp (Indian Ore-Scalpay, by Kreisler). Wazawatsyn took her record to 10 wins (also including last start's Listed Timaru Stakes over 1400m at Riccarton Park on January 26 & 2007's Listed Eclipse Stakes) & 4 placings from 28 starts.