Karis Teetan heads into Wednesday’s (1 June) nine-race card at Happy Valley primed for the mount aboard Escape Route in the second section of the HK$1.57 million Class 3 Caine Handicap (1650m).
Devastating with victory last start at Sha Tin, the penny looks to have finally dropped for the four-year-old’s career in Hong Kong as he chases consecutive wins at his eighth start in town after arriving from Great Britain with one win under his belt.
“Last time he won pretty easy and he went past them like they were standing still, so that’s a good sign already if a horse can make up ground like that so quick.
“I think he is a horse who has a bit of a rating still in hand and I’m looking forward to seeing him run at the Valley,” Teetan said.
Trained by John Size, Escape Route – a son of Dandy Man – failed to place across his first five runs in Hong Kong but prior to export produced two solid efforts at Group 2 level under the care of trainer Richard Fahey at Newmarket and York.
“He appreciated that the track was a little bit wet last time (at Sha Tin) because the time before that he ran a very good race on it. Last time, of course, it worked well for him because we took him back and then to the outside – the whole day horses were coming from the outside.
“I must say, he won a very nice race and I think going forward he is improving,” Teetan said.