By Hans Ebert
When I think of Karis Teetan, the quality that springs most clearly to mind is his clear-eyed ability to live gratefully. That may sound simple, but is exceptionally difficult to achieve – particularly in the high pressured, opinion driven world of racing. Google defines it as the ability to focus on the goodness and positivity in life. Whatever the latest label reads, it is something the young Mauritian mastered very early on. When it comes to his pursuit of excellence, that clear, positive focus allows him to cut out the ego-driven detritus of self-doubt and second guessing and extract the maximum positivity in any given situation and capitalise on it. Opportunities are not questioned, they are accepted as the gifts they are and usually returned with interest. And as with all masters of their craft, Karis never stops learning and improving. Every horse, every ride, every race is a lesson. Each is carefully weighed, assimilated and applied going forward. In Cape Town, where Karis spent his formative riding career, there’s an expression, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes”. If you think you’ve seen the best of Karis, just wait 5 minutes. There’s plenty still to come. (Robyn Louw – Sporting Post)
On Sunday at Shatin, racing fans saw another Magic Man in action. Sure, by now, we’re all used to the magnificent feats of derring-do from the mercurial Brazilian Joao Moreira. All that’s left for him to do is part the Red Seas- and which he’s probably done in another lifetime. But on Sunday, Karis Teetan pulled something very special out of his own bag of tricks with a magical ride on the John Moore-trained Designs On Rome in the Group 2 Oriental Watch Shatin Trophy.
At odds of 20 to 1, this often underrated galloper was, in many ways, the forgotten horse in the race. But ignore Designs On Rome at your peril. And Karis Teetan. Put them together, mix, stir and you get what happened at Shatin.