JOAO Moreira might still be on top of the Hong Kong Jockeys’ Premier ladder after three meetings, but Karis Teetan is hot on his heels after a Sha Tin treble.
The Mauritian-born jockey scored impressive wins aboard Telecom Boom, Morethanlucky and Amazing Agility and he’s happy to be keeping pace with Moreira who also rode a treble on Sunday.
“It’s great to get away to such a good start, I’m riding for quite a few different trainers who have their horses going really well,” Teetan said.
One of more impressive wins for Teetan came aboard Amazing Agility, which burst between runners close to the line to record the win at odds of $6.70 with CrownBet.com.au.
Teetan was under the instructions from trainer David Ferraris to bide his time and let the horse finish off late, which Teetan followed to perfection.
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“The one thing with this horse, David told me, is don’t chase him early and he’ll finish for you,” Teetan said. “But he also asked me to come wide and I just didn’t have the chance.
“This horse likes to fight other horses, he has even tried to have a bite at times, so I pushed him between the horses in front and made him fight them and he got himself through the gap to win.”
Ferraris was pleased with the five-year-old’s effort to get up in a tight finish.
“You worry about gelding a small horse like him and whether he’ll fall away but I think we saw one of the positives today – he would have tried to savage those horses going through that narrow gap if he was still a colt,” Ferraris said.
Teetan and Moreira scored wins for new trainer Frankie Lor Fu-chuen, who has made a quick impact in the 2017/2018 training ranks in Hong Kong.
“It’s unbelievable. The horses are all racing well, the staff are doing such a great job and we are having some luck,” Lor said.
The former assistant to John Size and John Moore is considered a technical trainer and that was no more evident than with Seven Luck’s victory at Sha Tin on Sunday.
“Maybe the 1000m was a bit short for Seven Luck but everyone knows he has a breathing problem,” Lor said. “I noticed that his previous trainer, Dennis Yip, had trialled him down the straight several times and he seemed to trial well, and running 1000m is easier for his breathing than over further so I thought we would try it.”
Teetan crossed the line in first aboard Morethanlucky to give Lor his first training double and he was full of praise for the fledgling trainer.
“I’ve had a couple of rides for Frankie and trialled a couple for him and it’s like trialling one for John Size,” Teetan said.
“I’ve been watching his horses closely and it looks like he has really turned some of them around.”
Karis Teetan will be a jockey to follow in the major races in December, which includes the Hong Kong Mile.