Two is better than one. That is the mantra the Siu family is abiding by when it comes to the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday, 9 December.
Family patriarch Siu Pak-kwan owns British raider Stormy Antarctic, while last year’s winner Time Warp represents his son, Martin Siu.
Things didn’t go to plan for Stormy Antarctic on his last visit to Sha Tin, as he pulled ferociously hard in the 2017 G1 Champions Mile and faded to finish fifth of seven behind Contentment.
However, trainer Ed Walker insists that below-par run was due to the application of first-time blinkers, and that the five-year-old – who has finished in the first four in each of his races this year – is a different proposition now he has undergone a gelding operation.
“He ran an absolute blinder to be fourth in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot last time, for half a furlong I thought we were really going to be in with a winning chance, but he wasn’t beaten far. He hasn’t put a foot wrong this year and is a model of consistency. He’s in great shape.” Walker said.