A fabulous five-timer at Sha Tin today (Saturday, 21 September) couldn’t dissuade Karis Teetan from his firm view that he has a fight on his hands to match the career-high success of last season.
“This is the strongest bunch of jockeys since I’ve been here,” the Mauritian ace said at the end of a day in which he also guided King Opie to a welcome feature win in the Class 2 Pok Oi Centenary Cup Handicap (1600m).
Teetan soared to 84 wins and third-place in the premiership last term. He headed into this afternoon’s card with what he reckoned were “ok rides” and stuck among a raft of riders with two wins on the board, all looking up at the high-flying Zac Purton and Joao Moreira.
“Things are tough but I’m out there and I’m trying and hopefully I’ll keep getting the support,” he said, aware that the ranks, already bolstered with the talents of Blake Shinn and Lyle Hewiston will, come November, also feature the returning Silvestre de Sousa and Alexis Badel.
“The support I had last season was really good,” Teetan continued. “This season is very tough. I’m getting rides but not as much quality. I still have a few stables supporting and I’m trying to work hard in the morning but there are a lot of good jockeys around, light jockeys, so things are not easy this season.”