Keane and Moore on the mark at Happy Valley

Wed 4th Dec 2019, 18:38

Colin Keane
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Ryan Moore had to settle for second place in the Longines International Jockeys’ Championship at Happy Valley as Karis Teetan took the plaudits in Hong Kong.

Moore led going into the last of the four legs, after riding one winner and a runner-up, but Mauritius-born Teetan clinched the prize when he grabbed his second third spot on High Rev in the finale.

Moore took the first leg on Flying Genius for trainer Tony Cruz.

The second also went to Cruz, courtesy of Dream Warriors and ridden by Teetan.

Moore looked like doubling up on Magnificent in leg three until Flying Quest was delivered fast and late by Irish jockey Colin Keane to snatch the spoils.

Vincent Ho won the last leg on Glorious Dragon, and was third overall in a competition which also attracted British-based stars Oisin Murphy, Frankie Dettori and Silvestre De Sousa — who were all out of luck.

Teetan said: “I still can’t believe I’ve won this challenge.

“It’s just not a normal day, up against the world’s best jockeys. I really wanted to do well — and I’m glad everything went well.

“Even watching Ryan and Frankie riding here, we’ll pick up a few things and let’s hope it can help me in the future.”

THE IRISH TIMES