Jockey Karis Teetan will partner Sleep Education in the St George’s Challenge Cup Handicap (1000m) at Happy Valley on Wednesday night (16 May), in what he hopes will be the first leg of a family double.
The David Ferraris-trained Sleep Education is a Visionaire half-brother to Horse Of Fortune, and Teetan is set to ride the latter in Singapore’s Kranji Mile on 26 May. Both horses, out of the mare Sweet Virginia, were purchased out of South Africa.
Since his arrival, Sleep Education has mixed his form, recording one placing from eight starts, primarily over 1200m and 1400m at Sha Tin. Unraced since February, the chestnut will drop to 1000m for the first time on Wednesday night, a move that Teetan says was not the original plan.
“He was actually meant to run over the 1650m tomorrow night,” he said. “However, he was reserve number one and the field was not full for this race so David made the decision to transfer him over. He needs to have a run and something different may not be a bad thing.”
While it was an unintended diversion for Sleep Education, Teetan believes Wednesday night’s contest over the shorter trip may prove a crucial turning point for the five-year-old.