JOCKEY Karis Teetan
could receive a belated birthday present when he renews his partnership on the Tony Cruz-trained SMART LEADER in the 3.15pm over six furlongs.
may be trailing Zac Purton by 57 winners in the jockeys' championship but the talented Mauritian is enjoying his best season and can add to his impressive tally aboard Hong Kong Bet (2.45) in the 5f sprint at Happy Valley.
While Purton has been taking all the plaudits in recent times, jockey Karis Teetan
, who has chased the champion for most of the season, has slipped into a relatively quiet spell.
Tactics will be crucial to the outcome, and neither Purton on Yee Cheong Baby (drawn one) nor Karis Teetan
aboard Fat Turtle (two) will want to be drawn into an early battle with speedster Montreal (five), who will be keen to apply pressure from the start.
He currently leads his nearest pursuer Karis Teetan
by 48 winners but looks even more determined in his quest to overhaul his best ever total of 136 wins.
Defending champion Purton, who rides in seven of the eight races, currently leads nearest rival Karis Teetan
104-69 in the title battle, with 'Magic Man' Joao Moreira third on 56.
Coby Oppa (1.15) is tipped to continue Lor's good run on the all-weather track by landing a Class 3 6f handicap for Karis Teetan
THE departure of Silvestre de Sousa for Britain has left plenty of opportunities for Hong Kong's resident top jockeys, and talented Karis Teetan
can be one of the first to capitalise.
This is a tricky race, however, with many boasting solid credentials, but Circuit Glory, a New Zealand-bred son of Tavistock, made all under Karis Teetan
over a mile at the Valley last time, and Mo also knows him well, having finished second on him previously.
Cruz has a winning chance himself in Blitzing, who is nicely drawn in the Class 3 6f handicap (1.45) and is to be partnered by Karis Teetan
Much has happened in his career since, but the son of Rip Van Winkle is ready to break the ice locally, with the brilliant Karis Teetan
in the saddle.
Although Moreira is quickly making up for lost time in the jockeys' title race - he has swiftly moved into third - the accomplished Karis Teetan
holds second place and continues to impress.