2017 Hong Cup – What the winners and losers had to say

Time Warp wins Hong Kong Cup
Time Warp has upstaged reigning HK Horse Of The year Werther in the Hong Kong Cup. Pic: HKJC.
1st – TIME WARP – Zac Purton
“I didn’t think there was much speed on paper before the race so, unless anyone did anything differently. I thought I might be able to get my way in front. I had a very easy time and that was key to the result. Tony has a great deal of confidence in his horse and he rang me this morning specifically to talk about this one so I thought he must have been pretty keen on him.”

2nd – WERTHER – Tommy Berry
“There wasn’t enough pressure up the front in the race – no pace – and not what he wanted.

3rd – NEOREALISM – Joao Moreira
“It was a fantastic run. He was a bit keen early and it took me quite a while to get him to relax but he did a very good job to finish third.”

4th – STAPHANOS – Hugh Bowman
“He ran a very gallant race in defeat. He had a good turn of foot. I was pleased with his effort. I thought at the top of the straight it was Werther and my mount who would fight it out, but the winner was too strong.”

5th – SMART LAYER – Yutaka Take
“It was her best effort. She was in good form today. I planned to sit handy and she travelled as planned. But the winner was just too strong. She ran her race.”

Jockey Andrea Atzeni was unavailable for comment.

7th – SECRET WEAPON – Nash Rawiller
“The race was run a bit slow for us. He has run creditably though I met a bit of interference past the 300 metres. Everything needs to go right in big races.”

8th – ROBIN OF NAVAN – Sam Clipperton
“It was a good run. He races a little bit stop-start. It was an honest effort and he might not run out 2,000 metres strong, so he could be better suited back to a mile.”

9th – GARLINGARI – Stephane Pasquier
“What can I say? I was sitting in fourth but the pace was not fast enough for my horse. It is the end of the season for us and my horse probably wasn’t at his best.”

10th – WAR DECREE – Seamus Heffernan
“I was happy enough. He shows a bit more than what we have seen and hopefully he will get there some day.”

Jockey Ryan Moore was unavailable for comment.

12th – BLOND ME – Oisin Murphy
“She has been a great servant to me but he got too far back off a slow pace.”

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