Sip Of A Time


TEA FOR TWO II, its name coming from the song made famous by Doris Day in the 1950 film “Tea For Two” with lyrics “Tea for two and two for tea, just me for you and you for me alone”!



Sip Of A Time One Of A Kind


Country of Origin : GB Owner : Lee Shing Fat
Colour / Sex : Chestnut / Gelding Last Rating :
Import Type : PP Sire : Northfields
Total Stakes* : $476,900 Dam : Pearl Star
No. of 1-2-3-Starts* : 1-1-1-11 Dam’s Sire :





1987-02-21, Hong Kong Derby had all the elements of a superb event with terrific excitement and historic significance.




Multiple champion trainer Jerry Ng Chi-lam finally won the prestigious trophy in his penultimate season after 29 years under licence.


1987-01-18 Derby Trial, on debut TEA FOR TWO II ran third by several lengths.


Jerry Ng Chi-lam wisely determined to put on half-cup blinkers to help the horse.


The English 4-year-old newcomer having only his second start to win the blue riband event.


Idle and roguish horses are Jerry Ng Chi-lam ‘s specialty.


Habitually slow-away in the track work was rectified and replaced by amazing performance.





Five-time Champion jockey Tony Cruz landed his last winner in Hong Kong before his adventure to France.


He pushed the horse out smartly to settle near the rear.


Tony steered his way through to a position where inside the last furlong he took an inside split along the rail.


Skillfully using hands and heels Tony got Tea For Two II to the line just inches ahead.


A closely fought battle at the finish saw the first five contenders separated by less than a length.


In a photo finish, Tea For Two II got the verdict by a short head.


Bobby Vance fired an objection against the winner claiming interference over the final 150 meters.


Stipendiary Stewards overruled the objection due to the finding that FLYING DANCER shifted in and TEA FOR TWO II shifted out.


But their coming together over the last few strides did not materially affect the result.





Tony Cruz‘s only ride brought the only victory for TEA FOR TWO II among its entire career.


Its untapped potential seemed to be disappeared after being gelded.





Attended Trainers:
C L Ng, L Fownes


Riding Jockeys:
R Vance, A S Cruz, D Brereton, P H Chan, G Allendorf, K L Tsui , W Woods


3 horses with owner “Lee Shing Fat” found.





TEA FOR TWO II (BC145) – Record File – HKJC


1987-02-21, Hong Kong Derby





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