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Teetan goes for Glory in Sunday’s FWD QEII Cup

April 21, 2021, 8:49:27 AM

Karis Teetan claims he is poised to enjoy the benefits of two off-season stints in Japan as he teams up with Glory Vase in the HK$25 million G1 FWD QEII Cup (2000m) on Sunday (25 April) at Sha Tin.

“I've had a few stints in Japan in the off-seasons because I've been in Hong Kong, and it's cool that now it's paying off having made those contacts with a chance like this,” Teetan said.

Teetan has eight victories from 84 rides in Japan since his first fortnightly spell in July 2016. He returned to the 'Land of the Rising Sun' the next year for another two weeks during Hong Kong's off-season.

The Mauritian's third trip to Japan saw him partner Blizzard to a fifth-place finish in the G1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen (1200m) before his most recent nomination in 2019 to run in the World All-Star Jockeys at Sapporo Racecourse, where he finished joint-third.

“I've ridden for Silk Racing in Japan, so the bond is there, but this is just such a fantastic chance – it's been one of my fantasies to ride a Japanese horse in Hong Kong, and it's turned out wonderfully this season,” Teetan said.

Glory Vase, a dark bay son with Deep Effect, returns to Hong Kong for the second time since winning the 2019 G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase on his first attempt (2400m).

“When I found out a couple of the jockeys weren't coming, I picked up the phone and called an agent, so it was a bit of a wait and see, but eventually I ended up securing a quality horse, and I'm pretty happy with that,” Teetan said.

“His win here in Hong Kong was really impressive, the way he quickened up was impressive, and I expect he'll be one of the favorites, but he deserves it because he has the quality,” the Mauritian said.

The six-year-old has only won one G1 race in 14 career races, but he has two G2 victories in Japan, both at Kyoto Racecourse.

“He's been to Hong Kong and he knows the world because it can be tricky for horses as they ride for the first time,” Teetan said.

“Daring Tact seems to be a very powerful horse, but this horse has done it here before, he knows the road, and he knows how things work here, so I think I can do well aboard him,” he said.

Teetan will also be partnered with seasoned galloper Southern Legend this Sunday in the HK$20 million G1 FWD Champions Mile, which features five competitors this year: Golden Sixty, Healthy Happy, More Than This, Ka Ying Star, and Mighty Giant.

“He's such an incredible horse, it's amazing how hard he works all the time, he just never gives up – stuff didn't quite go his way last start because I thought the leader had it his own way out in front.

“I thought things would be different for him, but in a small area, strategy can change the complexion of the race and cause problems, so I'll keep that in mind when I sit down with Caspar (Fownes) to negotiate the plan,” Teetan said.

Teetan will also compete with Big Party in the HK$18 million G1 Chairman's Sprint Prize (1200m) against 12 other competitors, including Japan's Danon Smash, winner of the 2020 G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m).

“I can see him being very competitive if he draws well and gets a good run, particularly if the track isn't too firm,” Teetan said.

Teetan will attempt to lead the Danny Shum-trained H Z Tourbillon to back-to-back wins at Happy Valley tomorrow night (Wednesday, 21 April) when he competes in the first segment of the Class 3 Queen's Road Central Handicap (1200m).

“He won pretty impressively, he had a sweet run on the rail and all went his way,” Teetan said. “It wasn't an overly powerful race, but the feel he gave me shows that he's going to continue progressing nicely.”

“The juvenile is the first son of Eurozone to run in Hong Kong, and he returns tomorrow night for the first time in over a month after winning by two and a half lengths in his second outing.

“I don't believe he was 100 percent able, but a victory like that just shows he has a bit of courage, and he's been offered a little rest now because he is a young horse, and that should benefit him,” Teetan said.

The three-year-old bay will start from gate nine with 117lb on the line against ten others, including Capital Star (133lb), Mig Energy (128lb), Alcari (124lb), The Runner (119lb), and Hercules (118lb).

“He also needs to understand the racing style properly – he had something go his way last time, so it turned out well, so as things get a little harder, he'll need to become a little heavier, so I think he will do it and become a better horse.

“I think he has the quality to win this race, but I think he'll have to deal with the draw, which will be difficult for him,” Teetan said.

Teetan has a complete book of rides on the nine-race card, which begins at 6.45pm with the Class 3 Pottinger Handicap (2200m), including Ever Force in the finale, the second part of the Class 3 Queen's Road Central Handicap (1200m).

The Toronado gelding is attempting his third straight victory but is competing in Class 3 for the first time. Tomorrow night's pairing with the Mauritian is the first for the galloper, who has previously won twice under Zac Purton.