Karis Teetan snared three wins at Sha Tin on Sunday (18 October) and the man they call the ‘Mauritian Magician’ is eyeing outright second spot in the jockeys’ premiership as he heads to Happy Valley on Wednesday, 21 October for a full book of rides.
Teetan’s Sunday treble moved him to 16 wins this season, joint-second with Zac Purton, while Joao Moreira sits first with 21 wins, and the rider is picking up the kind of support that suggests he might well shake up the Purton-Moreira championship duopoly.
As well as his three-timer, Teetan was in solid form across the entire weekend card and went close in the afternoon’s two G2 contests, including a narrow miss to the Dennis Yip-trained Wishful Thinker in the Premier Bowl Handicap (1200m) aboard the exciting emerging talent Computer Patch.
“It was a nice weekend, it’s nice to have three winners on the day, so let’s hope it keeps going,” Teetan said. “I thought Computer Patch went good in the Premier Bowl: he had a light weight, so I thought he was going to get away with it, but it was his first time taking on the big boys.”
Teetan and Yip will be on the same side on Wednesday with two key chances: Murray’s Partners in section one of the Class 4 Tin Wan Handicap (1650m) and Flying Bonus in the finale, the Class 3 Po Chong Wan Handicap (1200m).
“Flying Bonus ran a good race last time – I know the horse better this time, he was just touched off last time and he’s been doing very well in the mornings, so I’m looking forward to him running a good race again,” Teetan said.
The Snitzel gelding arrived in Hong Kong as a two-time winner and his one win from 21 starts since came over the course and distance in Class 4. This time he is up in grade for his third start of the current campaign.