Karis Teetan kept on rolling with a double at Happy Valley on Wednesday evening, to take his seasonal total to eight wins, equal at the top of the jockeys’ premiership with Moreira and reigning champion, Zac Purton.
Karis Teetan celebrates a double, photo Hong Kong Jockey Club
“It’s good to have a good start like this, I’ve been working hard each and every season trying to improve myself,” Teetan said. “I’ve been lucky enough to hook myself with good stables: Tony (Cruz) has been good to me and Douglas (Whyte) this season, as well as the other trainers – they are supporting me strongly all the time.”
With 93 wins last season, Teetan is on track for an even more fruitful campaign if he can keep up this kind of form. After the opening four meetings last season, the ‘Mauritian Magician’ sat on just two wins.
“Before, if I was riding a horse, I used to have a 60 – 70% chance of losing the ride on the horse if he ran second but now I have an 80% chance I can keep it – it does help. I have been here for a while now but the only thing I want to do is go out there and ride winners,” Teetan said.
Teetan’s double began aboard Hong Kong International Sale graduate All You Know in the opener, the Class 4 Tiu Keng Leng Handicap (1650m) for trainer Richard Gibson, who dedicated the victory to nine-time Irish champion jockey Patrick Smullen, who passed away the day before, having been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in March 2018, and who rode in Hong Kong on numerous occasions.
“I’m wearing a black tie tonight in respect of Mr. Patrick Smullen who died and I think it’s very important that the Hong Kong community recognises his brilliance as a jockey and his brilliance as a man. I was very lucky that he rode for me here in Hong Kong, so my thoughts are with him and his family tonight,” Gibson said.
Teetan’s brace was sealed when Supreme Plus finished best in the first section of the Class 4 Po Lam Handicap (1200m), securing Frankie Lor a first win of the season.
“I used to ride him when he first got to Hong Kong and thanks to Frankie (Lor) he gave me the ride on entry day. I had a look at the race and of course Sell My Sole was the horse to beat; I said to Frankie (Lor) I want to try and stay off the rail and try stay next to him and get the first run on him with no weight,” Teetan said.
“He won a good race last time in Class 5 but I thought this time with the right run he would have a good chance.”
Meanwhile, Purton was on the mark aboard the Dennis Yip-trained Hercules in section two of the Class 4 Po Lam Handicap (1200m).
Chad Schofield bagged his second win this season when Apollos Bow went from gate-to-post in the Class 5 Tseung Kwan O Handicap (1200m) for trainer Me Tsui.
Trainer Manfred Man secured his first win for the campaign with Moreira’s mount V Chevaliers in the Class 5 Yau Tong Handicap (1650m).
“I’m very happy,” Man said. “Before, he just hurt his foot so the vet and blacksmith took care of him, but after this race he will be promoted to Class 4, so we’ll give him some time but hopefully he can be competitive again.”
Hong Kong racing continues on Sunday, 20 September at Sha Tin.