A perfect ride aboard Tony Millard-trained Panfield delivered Karis Teetan G1 success in the Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup (2400m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (23 May) – and also immeasurable personal solace.
Grieving the death of close friend Nooresh Juglall in a race fall in Mauritius on 15 May, Teetan dedicated the victory to his wife Xaviere after Millard’s brilliant training effort lifted some of the ‘Mauritian Magician’s’ gloom.
“I’m really glad I got this one home. It’s been a tough week. I needed this (race) to get me back to work, to the track and I want to dedicate this to my wife (Xaviere). She’s been by my side this past few weeks and she’s given me confidence every day,” he said.
“If I did not have my wife by my side, I might not have been here at the moment and she was there and kept on pushing me and gave me confidence.
“I had this horrible news last week where we lose one of my best friends and my brother in racing and I take this pretty hard. This win makes it a little bit better, but we still miss Nooresh.
“It’s been a long time since I got one of these big ones, but this feels good. You need to just keep working hard and it will come.”