Karis Teetan’s season just keeps getting better and the Mauritian has now been thrown the reins on Hong Kong Mile winner Glorious Days for the Group One HK$12 million Champions Mile on May 4.
Regular rider Douglas Whyte has committed to Gold-Fun in the same race and trainer John Size has turned to Teetan, who rode Glorious Days in a barrier trial on Friday morning.
“He had a very easy trial just to keep him ticking over and give Mr Size an indication of the work he needs between now and the Champions Mile, but he felt good,” said Teetan. “I didn’t ask him for much early, just let him find his feet to the turn, but then he started to pull me into the trial on the bridle at the 200m and felt really strong.”
With 38 wins on the board, four of them for Size, Teetan sits fifth on the jockeys’ table and has already exceeded his own expectations for his first Hong Kong season. That level of form from the hard-working lightweight is getting him more attention with respect to high-quality horses.
With Joao Moreira suspended last weekend, John Moore called on Teetan as the saddle warmer on star four-year-old Able Friend in the Chairman’s Trophy.
Able Friend was an easy winner there and is also headed now towards the Champions Mile, so the jockey is in a unique position to compare the two horses.
“This was my first time on Glorious Days in the trial and you can feel he is a really classy horse,” Teetan said. “Able Friend is the up-and-coming horse and I think I said last week after his win that he felt like a better horse now than when I won on him early in the season.
“He is improving all the time and is going right to the top, but when you look at Glorious Days’ races and after riding him this morning, he is already there. If he can turn up in the same form as when he ran in the Hong Kong Mile, then he’s going to be hard to beat.”
Teetan is thrilled with his season in general and particularly now with the increased responsibilities at the black-type level.
“I am so happy with how it’s going and now seeing the owners and trainers trusting me with these kinds of horses is fantastic,” he said. “It’s great to ride any winner but these big horses are the ones that everyone is watching you on.”
Meanwhile, the field for the HK$14 million Audemars Piguet QE II Cup on April 27 was reduced to 12 when Size-trained Endowing was withdrawn.
Size said the Jockey Club Cup winner, who last ran in February, “wasn’t ready”.