Youngster Flying Genius has been in good hands during the early stages of his career, with a trio of top jockeys riding the three-year-old, and Karis Teetan is pleased to be the first to climb aboard for a second time.
After a solid debut sixth under Joao Moreira, Flying Genius opened his account in the International Jockeys’ Championship with Ryan Moore in the saddle before winning again last time out with Teetan aboard.
The Mauritian again teams up with the Tony Cruz-trained gelding in the Class Three Connaught Handicap at Happy Valley on Wednesday night as he looks to ring up a hat-trick of wins over 1,000m at the city circuit.
“His last win was pretty strong. He’s a smart little horse going forward and going up in grade with a light weight on his back, I think he is going to be competitive again,” Teetan said.
“He’s got a lot of speed. I think he handles the Valley very well, he can show that speed and he can still kick.
“He is such a gentle horse and he’s so relaxed, so he does have that kick in the straight. I’m looking forward to riding him and hopefully he can do it again.”
Flying Genius has gone up eight points for each of his wins and finds himself on a rating of 68, with the Australian import to carry 121 pounds from gate four.
And while he has developed a clear affinity with the Valley, Teetan is confident the horse is more than a one-trick pony.
“I think he will also handle Sha Tin and racing at Happy Valley will make him so tough that when he comes to Sha Tin, he is going to be a more mature horse,” he said. “I think he will also appreciate the Sha Tin track, where he can use the speed that he has.”
Flying Genius is not the only promising youngster in the race, with Chris So Wai-yin-trained three-year-old Harmony And Rich fronting up for his second start after finishing third on debut, while another three-year-old in G Unit is hunting his third win at the course and distance from four attempts this term.
Ryan Moore secures the 1st leg of the @LONGINES International Jockeys' Championship as Flying Genius breaks through for his first Hong Kong win! #HappyWednesday #HKIR #HKracing pic.twitter.com/oPVYBvuiSY— HKJC Racing (@HKJC_Racing) December 4, 2019
Flying Genius’ last victory formed part of a Valley treble for Teetan on December 18 and he reunites with another horse he won on that night, partnering Highly Proactive in the final event on the card – the Class Three Chater Handicap (1,200m).
Trained by the in-form Francis Lui Kin-wai, Highly Proactive is yet to miss a placing in his first three starts and Teetan is confident he has more in the tank after a gutsy win last time out.
“He won a very strong race last time, plenty of things went wrong and he still kicked and won so I’m looking forward to riding him,” the jockey said.
Highly Proactive will face stiff opposition from the Caspar Fownes-trained Snap Fit – who has won three of four and will be ridden by Moreira – however Teetan received a boost at the barrier draw, snaring gate three while Snap Fit will jump from the outside alley.