A loss to Wishful Thinker is not the sort of form likely to stack up against the world’s equal fourth-best racehorse but Karis Teetan believes a big performance from Computer Patch this weekend will leave him primed to hold his own against Classique Legend on international day.
Wishful Thinker’s win in last month’s Group Two Premier Bowl did little to inspire confidence in how the local brigade will stack up against Everest winner Classique Legend, who was the equal-best rated sprinter in the recently released Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings.
But the two horses most likely to improve from that race are Hot King Prawn, who finished fourth first-up, and runner-up Computer Patch and Teetan is confident the latter can lay down a marker in Sunday’s Group Two Jockey Club Sprint (1,200m).
“He is definitely an improving horse and I have no doubt he will put in a good performance,” the jockey said.
“Of course I think he’s got the ability but you would like to see him winning on the weekend so you know he stands a chance against Classique Legend on international day.
“It would have been nice if he won [the Premier Bowl]. He had a low weight and he had an easy lead and really should have won. I just thought he was a bit green when he hit the front alone, he was actually looking for company.”
Classique Legend has been working well since arriving in Hong Kong last week and the Caspar Fownes-trained galloper has an early mortgage on December’s Group One Hong Kong Sprint, where he will be first-up since his dominant win in the A$15 million Everest in October.
“He’s an exciting horse, it’s nice to have a good horse like that coming to Hong Kong,” Teetan said.
Teetan will have gate one at his disposal aboard Computer Patch on Sunday in a 10-horse field that also features Chairman’s Sprint Prize runner-up Big Time Baby, who has his first run since that surprise showing.
Teetan has nine rides at the final lead-up meeting to the Hong Kong International Races, jumping back aboard Southern Legend in the Group Two Jockey Club Mile.
Teetan partnered Southern Legend to third in the Group Two Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy (1,600m) last month – two and a quarter lengths behind Golden Sixty – before the eight-year-old warhorse finished fourth in the Group Three Sa Sa Ladies’ Purse (1,800m) under Neil Callan on November 1.
“I always had the ride on Savvy Nine in the Sa Sa and I didn’t know Caspar was going to run Southern Legend, but Caspar has been generous enough to ask me to ride the horse again,” Teetan said.
“Of course Beauty Generation is not there on Sunday but we still have a lot of respect for Golden Sixty, however it’s a small field so if this horse gets a bit of luck on his side he might just steal it.”
The Jockey Club Cup (2,000m) rounds out the Group Two features and Teetan teams up with three-time Group One winner Time Warp, who hasn’t run since May after being withdrawn from the Ladies’ Purse on race day.
“I didn’t trial him last time but he looked like he trialled OK. Remember when Joao [Moreira] won on him [in the Gold Cup] when nobody expected it? He went to the front, got this own way and kept going,” Teetan said.
“He could come back and do that again or he could come back and be like ‘guys, it’s my day off’. It all depends on how his mood is and whether he gets his own way in front.”