Horse Racing
Teetan’s confident as Convincible aims for four at the Valley

By Andrew Hawkins
19/09/2017 14:12

Jockey Karis Teetan had a simple answer when asked whether Convincible might make it four wins on the trot at Happy Valley on Wednesday night (20 September).

Convincible lands a hat-trick of wins over 1200m at Happy Valley latest.
Convincible lands a hat-trick of wins over 1200m at Happy Valley latest.

“Yeah, why not?” Teetan said with a grin at Sha Tin on Tuesday morning (19 September).

Francis Lui-trained Convincible steps out in the Class 2 Cha Kwo Ling Handicap (1200m) that ends Wednesday night’s Happy Valley card. He enters with three course and distance wins to his name at his last three starts, which culminated in a Class 2 victory on 6 September where he toppled four of Wednesday’s rivals.

“His last three times, he has shown some good progression,” said Teetan, who has been in the plate for all three wins. “Of course, he is now going up in the weights again. He’s in a similar field to what he’s beaten before, there are some new horses but it is much the same. Let’s just cross our fingers and hope he can continue to step up.”

Convincible did not race for more than 18 months before he made his Hong Kong debut in November last year. However, it did not take the bay too long to hit his straps, a number of placings preempting his current win streak.

“He’s like many horses here, they just need a bit of time,” Teetan said. “He turned a corner towards the end of last season and Francis, all credit to him, he’s been patient and brought the horse along to the point where he could win a number of races. He feels like he’s going as well now as he ever has so I’m confident.”

The I Am Invincible gelding now finds himself near the top of the weights in Class 2, alongside John Moore’s Sea Jade, making his four-year-old debut – they will both carry 132 pounds, with Caspar Fownes’ Blocker Dee (133lb) the topweight. Also in the Cha Kwo Ling Handicap is Almababy (129lb), runner-up last start behind Convincible, as well as veterans Super Lifeline (123lb) and Key Witness (119lb).

Convincible is one of eight rides for Teetan on Wednesday night as the Mauritian rider looks to continue his strong start to the season. He has ridden nine winners to sit second in the jockeys’ championship behind Joao Moreira (15).

“I’m hopeful of another good night,” Teetan said. “In Hong Kong it can turn so quickly but I’m getting some nice opportunities currently. On Wednesday night, I have Megatron that trialled nicely and he is fit and well, and I haven’t had a lot to do with Moment Of Power but he is a horse who has plenty of speed and has drawn well, so I’m hopeful.”

Megatron steps out for Ricky Yiu in the sixth, the Class 4 Tiu Keng Leng Handicap (1650m), while Paul O’Sullivan’s Moment Of Power lines up a race later in the Class 3 Kwun Tong Handicap (1650m).

The opener, the Class 4 Ngau Tau Kok Handicap (1650m), is scheduled for 7.15pm.