Karis Teetan took his hot streak to another level at Sha Tin on Sunday, booting home four winners in a magical stretch of little more than 90 minutes.
The Mauritian now has 12 winners from the past six meetings – Zac Purton and Joao Moreira have only 11 between them in that period – and is within three victories of his personal best in a season of 84.
“It’s hard to win one but when you ride four it’s pretty special,” Teetan said. “It’s gone very well these last few weeks and if I go past last season’s total it will be top notch.
“It’s nice to keep the winners ticking over and it’s great to be getting the support I’m getting, that’s a big help.”
Teetan started his spree in race four and strung together four wins on the trot, building momentum as he went.
“You get your confidence up and you start to feel better – once you have one you just want another one,” he said.
“Of course you take each race as it comes but once you start riding winners you start feeling good and it helps you carry on with it.”
Teetan’s biggest winner was his first one, with the Mauritian taking out the Class Two Purves Quaich (1,600m) with the Chris So Wai-yin-trained Lakeshore Eagle.
Teetan went back to last from gate seven in a field of eight aboard Lakeshore Eagle and the seas parted at the top of the straight, with the five-year-old letting down beautifully to ring up his third straight win and sixth from 12 career starts.
“He’s a lovely horse and he has improved a lot this season,” said Teetan, who has been in the saddle for each of his past three wins.
“He’s still got a bit more to show, today’s win was very impressive. He kicked nicely and he had plenty left in the tank.”
Teetan provided So with a double in the next event, snaring the Class Four Swaine Cup (1,400m) aboard 67-start veteran Hang’s Decision.
“Chris has been supporting me this season, he’s been giving me a lot of rides and we’ve had some luck together,” Teetan said.
It was So’s second double in the last 15 days and Lakeshore Eagle’s Class Two win followed up that of Mr Croissant on May 31, with So hopeful his success in the higher grades will help attract more class gallopers to his stable.
“Quality is most important in Hong Kong, I have a number of horses but some are no good,” he said. “I hope [this leads to more support], I just need more support.”
The third leg of Teetan’s quartet came aboard the John Size-trained Super Alliances in the Class Four Wong Cup (1,200m) on the dirt, the first time the duo have combined for a victory since October last year.
“It’s nice to ride a winner for John,” Teetan said. “I’ve ridden Super Alliances before and John said he’s been waiting to run this horse on the dirt, today he got the chance and he won nicely. It seems like he enjoyed the track.”
Teetan completed his tear in the Class Three Li Cup (1,800m), piloting the Tony Cruz-trained God Of Dragon to a comfortable win.
Size rung up a double with Red Desert in the Class Two Arculli Trophy (1,200m) on the all-weather track, while Cruz did the same in the final event on the card with California Gungho prevailing in the Class Three Ip Jug (1,200m).