Mauritian-born Karis Teetan topped the win count at Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday with a fine five-timer that included Pakistan Friend’s short-priced score in the Chinese Recreation Club Challenge Cup Handicap (1600m) – and also a victory snagged in the stewards’ room.
The Cup success was achieved with new ally Tony Cruz but two of the Mauritian’s tally – including the stewards’ intervention – came in tandem with long-time supporter Tony Millard, who continued his fine start to the campaign with a treble.
“These days don’t always happen but I had a good book of rides today,” Teetan said after the Frankie Lor-trained Morethanlucky sealed the quintet in the afternoon’s final race, the Class 2 Yew Handicap (1400m).
Teetan ended the day with 11 wins for the term, three behind champion jockey Zac Purton, but played down talk of a title challenge.
“It’s still very early in the season; Zac is pretty good and it’s difficult to go past him,” he said. “I don’t want to say too much and get a big head but Joao (Moreira) is not here now so there are a few opportunities out there. I’m not going to think that big at this stage.”
-Hong Kong Jockey Club