Clint Hutchison: Hong Kong – Karis Teetan has an excellent chance to land the Police Cup (Race 6), the feature event on Wednesday’s Happy Valley card, with the Tony Cruz-trained Double Valentine.
This colt is still yet to hit the frame in 12 Hong Kong starts, but his effort in defeat the last time he ventured to the city course was full of merit. That run was over 1000m and he was just getting warmed up late in the race.
He did subsequently fail at Sha Tin over the same distance, but he wasn’t on the best part of the track and it was a run that could be excused. He is nicely drawn in gate No 1 and, providing he can make the most of the good barrier, he should take some beating in a very weak race.
Considering his record, he should start at good Eachway odds against some rather weak opposition.
Trainer David Ferraris’ Raichu has been a model of consistency this season, without winning, but Teetan gets aboard this fellow in the opening event and it might be his chance to notch his first win and shrug off the maiden status. Raichu was ridden by Derek Leung on his last outing and it appears that Teetan has picked up the ride this time as Leung has opted to ride the main danger, Scarborough Fair.
These two gallopers stand out based on their recent form and perhaps the best option might be to play an Exacta both ways. And if looking to play a Trifecta or Quartet, it is definitely worth including Dougie Whyte’s Catchmeifyoucan, who is likely to start at around 20-1. He stormed home last time over 1000m when apprentice-ridden and he can definitely improve with Whyte calling the shots.
The final event on the card might be a good race to tackle in the form of a Trifecta, with High Volatility making plenty appeal as the roving banker. His recent form has been rock-solid and his ability to race on-speed means he should be able to hit the frame if he holds form.
Circuit Glory ran a much-improved race on his first start for John Moore and should do well up to 1600m on his pedigree. Litterateur is an obvious inclusion, with Beauty Trust and Ten Flames making the appeal as good value chances.
Race 1: Exacta box Nos 1,5
Race 6: Eachway No 9
Race 8: Trifecta banker 10 with 1,2,6,11