Jockey Karis Teetan is looking forward to reuniting with an old friend when he partners Ricky Yiu’s honest speedster Blizzard in the G1 Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (28 January).
Teetan was one of Blizzard’s earliest partners when the Starcraft gelding was making his way through the grades, first pairing with when he won a Class 3 event in April, 2015. He then was aboard as Blizzard won his first three races to start the 2015/16 season, but the Mauritian jockey – who has a record of seven rides for four wins and two placings on the chestnut – was last on his back in a Class 1 in September, 2016.
“It’s good to ride Blizzard again, it’s been a long time,” Teetan said at Sha Tin on Tuesday morning (23 January). “I always liked how honest he was, but he’s gone to another level since then. His last run in the Hong Kong Sprint was very good and I was excited when Ricky asked me to ride the horse again.”
Teetan trialled Blizzard over 1200m on the Sha Tin dirt last Friday (19 January), with the horse passing the post in second, a neck behind Seasons Bloom.
“It was a nice trial, I didn’t want to ask him for too much but he did enough for me,” he said. “I think he’s ready for this weekend and he meets many of the same horses as last time, so hopefully he can run well again – he usually does.”