Karis Teetan is remaining hopeful that gear tweaks will help Robot Warrior (127lb) overcome a ‘crowding’ issue when he contests Sunday’s (4 July) Class 4 The Arculli Trophy Handicap (1600m) at Sha Tin.
Seeking a first win, the son of Sepoy is aiming to piece it all together after narrowly being beaten by less than a length at his past two starts with Teetan hopeful the addition of blinkers is the catalyst he requires for a breakthrough achievement this weekend.
“He’s a funny horse – he’s not the bravest in between horses but he can do it, he just needs some help, so myself and Ricky (Yiu) decided to put the blinkers on him – let’s hope they help,” Teetan said.
Differing between the two, a visor has a slit which allows the horse to see other runners to their rear, while blinkers block their view to the rear and, in some cases, to the side.
“I thought he was going to win last start but he had one horse that came to the outside and that stopped him from challenging them, so if he doesn’t see them crowding him then maybe he’ll feel better,” Teetan said.