Karis Teetan notches Happy Valley four-timer to notch season half century
April 9, 2021, 4:43:27 AM
Karis Teetan is also on track for a career-high haul in Hong Kong after posting a Happy Valley quartet to push his 2020/21 season tally past 50 wins for the fourth time in as many seasons.
Teetan's four-timer – Vigor Champ, Keep You Warm, Manna From Heaven, and Telecom Fighters – held him in third position in the jockeys' championship with 52 victories, behind only Joao Moreira (108) and Zac Purton (90), with Alexis Badel in fourth place with 44.
Teetan has been a surprisingly reliable figure since landing in Hong Kong for the 2013/14 season, consistently improving his hauls over the past three terms, bagging 52, 84, and 93 winners, respectively.
With 27 games remaining in the regular season, the 'Mauritian Magician' has the potential to set a record high before the end of the season.
“Wow, what a night. Teetan exclaimed, "It turned out to be a fantastic night for me."
“You still come to the races and want to be positive; I felt I had some good runs, but I must admit that all of the horses I rode tonight were well prepared; my only worry was that some of them were drawn outside.
“I believed that if I could solve those drawbacks, they could be successful. Things move quickly in Hong Kong, but I don't dwell on what I did last season – I just try to do well, to ride as many winners as I can, and if I can get more winners than last season, that will be fantastic.
“I am grateful for all of the support I have received from the owners and trainers. I've just been training really hard this season; things will go up and down, so you just have to keep pushing and working hard in order to ride winners.”
Teetan, who has rode 447 winners in Hong Kong, won the Class 5 Moreton Handicap (1650m) with Manfred Man and Manna From Heaven.
Keep You Warm, trained by Francis Lui, became the season's 50th winner in the Class 3 Cooper Handicap (1000m). Lui was overjoyed with the Irish-bred gelding's results.
“This horse is really fit, and he was beaten by a strong horse (Courier Wonder) last start,” Lui said. “That (race) was at Sha Tin over 1200 meters, and back at Happy Valley over 1000 meters matched him – as he was traveling around the corner, he was able to take a break and finish off.
“Hopefully, he will take the trust and win again.”
Teetan completed his treble for Ricky Yiu in the second division of the Class 4 Moorsom Handicap (1200m) with Vigor Champ and then bookended the meeting with Telecom Fighters for Me Tsui in the Class 3 Henderson Handicap (1650m).
Vincent Ho and Francis Lui, best known for their glittering relationship with Golden Sixty, savored the Class 2 Clementi Handicap (1000m) with Massive Pocket, who Ho delivered with devastating timing to win his fifth Hong Kong victory in 27 starts.
Ho, known for his lightning-quick sprints, tucked the Stratum gelding away on the fence before threading his way around the outside of the track.
“He's always liked a good tempo, he has a quick change of foot, and he loves Happy Valley,” Ho said.
“He prefers the A track and the shorter straight; he enjoys getting kept up and then sprinting hard.”
After a gap victory in the Class 4 Price Handicap (1800m) under Joao Moreira, Frankie Lor believes Superbella will continue to thrive.
Driven to the lead in the home stretch, the British import raced clear to win by four and three quarter lengths after covering ground for his first victory in Hong Kong.
“Very good victory, he wasn't too fortunate in his last two starts,” Lor said. “This time, the gap was easier for him, and tonight, he was still on the outside, which suited him better.
“I believe he moves up to Class 3 now, and we will keep him here at Happy Valley for his next 1800m starts.”
Fearless Fire's win in the Class 4 Perkins Handicap (1650m) was due to the British import's outstanding endurance reserves, according to David Hayes and Blake Shinn.
“It was a healthy, difficult win,” Shinn said of his 15th victory of the season. “He lacks a quick change of foot, but he can only keep walking. The run went off without a hitch.”
“The horse has done a very good job this season,” Hayes said. We sent him to Conghua to freshen up, and he loved the extra room, so it was a nice win.”
Derek Leung took advantage of Chris So's inside draw with Goodluck Goodluck, who jumped cleanly from gate one before leading nearly the entire distance to win the first part of the Class 4 Moorsom Handicap (1200m).
Ruan Maia maintained his winning streak in Hong Kong with a fourth victory after Wine And Wine soared out of the gate in the Class 3 Creasy Handicap (1200m) for Benno Yung.
On Sunday, racing in Hong Kong resumes at Sha Tin (April 11).