With most eyes focused on Joao Moreira and Zac Purton at the top of the jockeys’ championship it can be easy to forget just how good Karis Teetan is, but he again displayed all of his ability when riding a fantastic four-timer at Sha Tin on Saturday.
The Mauritian rider is often forced to play third fiddle to Hong Kong’s star jockeys but his victory aboard the John Size-trained Sight Success in the Class One Lam Tsuen Handicap (1,200m) showed just what a class act he is in his own right.
From a difficult draw in stall eight, Teetan managed to get the five-year-old quickly away from the gates and in the perfect position stalking the pace as the field turned for home before kicking clear and holding on to beat Super Wealthy by a neck.
Teetan is regularly forced to wait until Moreira and Purton make their big-race choices before picking up the best of the rest and he revealed that he sent Size a message after entries were made in an attempt to secure a ride.
“I had no ride in the race,” Teetan said. “I sent him a message after the entry came out and he was like ‘you can ride one for me’, and when you get a ride for Mr Size they always have a chance.
“I was just glad to pick up this horse and he won this race at the start because he jumped so quick and I got him across and he relaxed pretty quick. After that, I just had to wait on him in the straight. As soon as he balanced up, he started to let the engine open.”
Size was completing a treble after the earlier wins of Champion’s Way and Brilliant Way and felt the race conditions allowed Sight Success to be seen at his best.
“He’s won three races this season, he’s been very consistent and he’s always promised to win a good race,” Size said.
“Obviously, the handicap helps him out and that’s what it’s all about. There was probably a neck or so between the first four or five, the competition is there and he happened to be in front on the post.”
Earlier on the card, there were plenty of hard-luck stories in the Class Five Yuen Shin Handicap (1,400m) but Teetan managed to avoid all the chaos with a fine race-riding move before winning aboard Team Goodluck.
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Trapped wide for the first 400m of the race, Teetan used his initiative to find his way to the front before slowing the field right down in a manoeuvre that put paid to the chances of plenty of runners in behind.
Favourite Seize The Spirit, Victorious Leader and Super Kin were among those badly hampered as the pace stalled, with Seize The Spirit doing remarkably well to finish third given the way the race panned out.
But while most of the field were struggling to hold their position and find a run, Team Goodluck fought back well after being headed by Apex Top to win by a short-head.
Alcari has been one of Hong Kong’s most consistent sprinters at Class Three level for the last three seasons and he again showed a willing attitude under Teetan to salute in the Tai Mei Tuk Handicap (1,000m).
Now a winner or placed in 23 of his 52 starts, this win took Alcari past HK$9 million in prize money and he did it in good style, running down the speedy odds-on favourite Whizz Kid inside the final 100m to win going away by a neck.
Teetan’s fantastic four was brought up by Super Fortune, who made all the running to salute for the first time since his debut victory when winning the Class Three Tai Po Kau Handicap (1,200m) in the style of a horse who should be kept on side.