Jockey Karis Teetan landed a treble at Sha Tin on Sunday which included the milestone of his 400th win in Hong Kong aboard Will Power in race seven. The dirt specialist took the Class 3 Jordan Handicap (1200m) to record his fourth win from seven starts on the dirt and provide Teetan’s landmark.
Karis Teetan celebrates his 400th Hong Kong win, photo Hong Kong Jockey Club
“I couldn’t believe it, I didn’t even know to be honest but it’s something special and it takes a lot of hard work. I didn’t even know but it’s something that will encourage me now to work harder and look forward to more winners.
“It’s been a pleasure to work with all of the trainers, owners and everyone involved - I’m really enjoying it and I just hope it keeps rolling,” Teetan said.
The Mauritian enjoyed his best campaign last season, tallying a single-season personal high of 93 wins to finish third in the premiership and also bagged his second Sha Tin Group 1 on Mr Stunning in the 2020 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m).
“I’ve never sort of counted the winners. I just ride as many winners as I can but to get to this number, it’s big enough for me at this stage and I’m really looking forward to growing that number,” the 30-year-old said.
Will Power was a last-season sensation, rising 28 points through the handicap with three wins to his name and today returned in fine form, lugging top-weight to a first-up Class 3 success.
“He’s just a pleasure to ride. I’ve been doing a lot of work with him in the morning and, of course, Douglas (Whyte) has been good to me and putting me on a few horses in the morning,” Teetan said.
“He’s just grown into being a better horse this season. I know he’s dropped down in class but he had to carry a bit of weight and he did a good job, thanks to Douglas (Whyte) and his team for their support,” Teetan added.
Teetan got off to a flyer today, winning the opener, the first division of the Class 4 Mong Kok Handicap (1200m) aboard the Me Tsui-trained Handsome Rebel.
“I had a good season last season. I just hope that I can improve from that and learn more from last season, learning what I did right and wrong and I think I can pick up a few more winners, so I just need to keep my head down and keep working hard,” Teetan said.
Teetan wasn’t on the 400 mark for long as he took the Sha Tin finale, the Class 3 King’s Park Handicap (1400m) aboard the Tony Cruz-trained Circuit Glory to bring up a treble.
Emerging talent Sky Field impresses
Sky Field scored a dazzling victory in the Class 3 Hung Hom Handicap (1200m), demonstrating an electrifying turn-of-foot in the straight to make a big statement for jockey Joao Moreira and trainer Caspar Fownes.
The Deep Field four-year-old didn’t enjoy the easiest of passages but once clear in the straight he was able to stretch out and win with plenty in hand to cement his status as a leading contender for this season’s three-race Four-Year-Old Classic Series.
“He’s special, he really excites me in the morning and he’s a pleasure to work with because he’s still raw - there’s so much more,” Fownes said.
The lightly raced talent secured his second win at his fourth start, notably after incurring an eye-catching 14-point ratings rise off the back of his last win.
“I always knew he was something special from the early days, he had a bit of a wow factor but he’s not straightforward - he’s a horse that has problems. He’s always consistently got an issue here and there so we have to keep him sound is the key, if we can do that then he’ll do the rest,” Fownes said.
The Australian-bred broke from gate eight and unwound a strong finish to win by a decisive length and a half. Joao Moreira spoke of the four-year-old’s potential post-race: “He’s a classy horse, a very classy horse, he’s got it in him,” Moreira said.
Hong Kong racing continues on Wednesday at Happy Valley.