By David Morgan
Karis Teetan’s two winners at Happy Valley on Wednesday night came after news he had secured the ride on John Moore’s freakish young sprinter Aethero in next month’s G2 Jockey Club Sprint.
That turn of events came about as a result of Moore’s exciting Southern Hemisphere three-year-old being set to carry a featherweight 113lb in that lead-up to the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m).
Moore has turned to the lightweight previously, notably when Able Friend scorched to the top of the world sprint rankings in the 2015 G2 Premier Bowl Handicap (1200m).
“I’m delighted, of course,” the Mauritian rider said. “I’m taking this opportunity with both hands. He looked impressive last time and he’s shown from day one what he is. Mr. Moore has always supported me, I’ve been on his big horses before so I just hope I can make a big connection with this one and hope everything goes well.”
The rider tallied his first win of the night when the Tony Millard-trained Righteous Mate stormed to a two and a quarter-length score in the Class 4 Shek Lei Pui Handicap (1650m).
“When you work him at home he doesn’t feel like a Class 4 horse, he feels better than that,” Teetan said.
“Tony asked me to ride him because he had a very nice weight and I’ve won on him before. When I worked him he felt different class, he felt really well so I was happy to take the ride.
“I gave him a good warm-up to get him focused nicely and he jumped and ended up getting a nice spot to settle three back on the fence. When I pressed the button I knew he would have something to give me and he did.”
Teetan’s second score came on the John Size-trained Shining Ace in the Class 3 Tai Tam Handicap (1200m). The four-year-old held off the Moreira-ridden Dancing Fighter by three quarters of a length.