Karis Teetan eager to add more gloss to another successful season
June 18, 2021, 7:44:24 PM
Karis Teetan, who is now third in the Hong Kong jockeys' championship behind Joao Moreira and Zac Purton, aims to round off another good season with further black type victory on Champion's Way and Charity Fun at Sha Tin on Sunday (20 June).
Teetan has 73 wins for the 2020/21 season, including Panfield's G1 victory in the Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup (2400m). He has a full book of 10 rides at the weekend, highlighted by Champion's Way in the G3 Premier Cup Handicap (1400m) and Charity Fun in the G3 Premier Plate Handicap (1400m) (1800m).
After finishing second to Butterfield in the G3 Queen Mother Memorial Cup Handicap (2400m) at Sha Tin on May 2, the ‘Mauritian Magician' feels Charity Fun is capable of making the required improvements to be competitive in his second G3 assignment.
“The distance is on the shorter side for him, but I spoke to Danny (Shum) last week after working and trialing him, and he feels a bit fresh - he's going to come into the race with a low weight (113lb), so I think the 1800 metres is still OK for him,” Teetan said.
“He's done really well this season, and he raced a very strong race the last time we saw him. He feels like he's taken significant steps ahead all the time since I rode him at Happy Valley (20 January) - he's a promising kid and definitely a horse to watch for next season.
“I'm looking forward to going back on him, and I know him a little bit, so it'd be good to perform well on him.”
Charity Fun will face a slew of known rivals, including stablemate Butterfield (115lb), Caspar Fownes-trained Southern Legend (133lb) and Columbus County (122lb), David Hall's Fast Most Furious (113lb), Tony Cruz's Time Warp (113lb), and Me Tsui's outstanding galloper Tsar (113lb).
Champion's Way (125lb), winner of the G3 Chinese Club Challenge Cup Handicap (1400m), is another strong candidate for Teetan as John Size's charge competes for dominance on Sunday against the BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) victor Mighty Giant (133lb), Jolly Banner (125lb), Sky Field (125lb), Voyage Warrior (123lb), Rattan (123lb), In an interesting seven-furlong race, Healthy Happy (122lb), Buddies (121lb), Not Usual Talent (116lb), and Lucky Patch (113lb) compete.
Teetan, who has five wins in his last 18 rides, is confident Champion's Way can deliver.
“I won a Group 3 (Chinese Club Challenge Cup Handicap) on him earlier this year, and he won it quite well, so I felt he was going to pick up and carry on and pinch a Group 2,” Teetan explained.
“But he's been running well, still very well, he's consistent and solid – I was on him last week and he felt fine, he's in good hands and it will be nice to get back on him and if he can perform well it will be a good thing, he's been running against stronger horses all season, so I'm pretty sure he'll be right there.”
Teetan's current run of form has instilled him with confidence, despite the fact that there are just eight meetings left in the season.
“The four-timer was excellent last Wednesday (9 June), and the season has been going well; I'm really glad to also have a Group 1; it makes the season a little better, but it's great to just tick over the wins each week,” he added.
“That's the main thing here – you just need to keep the momentum going, but it's not easy without the support of the trainers and owners, so a big thanks to them and all of the people who have supported me with the horse, it's been a fantastic season and there's still room to get better before it ends.
“Hong Kong is now my home; I enjoy being here and everything about Hong Kong; my wife and I are fitting in beautifully, and getting another contract is a pleasant surprise.
“I've been here for a few years, and I want to focus and continue to better myself in a different way, to simply keep battling against the big people in front of me; it will take time, but there is always space for improvement.”
The Class 5 Tourmaline Handicap kicks off the 10-race card at Sha Tin on Sunday (20 June) at 1pm (1600m).