The Happy Valley meeting on Wednesday night closes with the Arc De Triomphe Champions Handicap (1200m), a race that sees Caspar Fownes-trained Best Step make the leap up to Class 3 for the first time.
Best Step won over 1000m at Happy Valley last start with Zac Purton in the saddle, but Karis Teetan returns to the plate on Wednesday night for the first time since the Cecconi gelding ran fourth on debut at Sha Tin.
“He gave me a nice feel when I rode him the first time,” Teetan said. “He was very green and he still ran a very good race. He looks like he has enjoyed the Valley, he has done well there. He’s got a nice draw, which should help him going up in class. He has a light weight though, so it shouldn’t be a big problem. I’m pretty sure he’s going to give us a nice run.”
Teetan says that Best Step has made significant improvement with each start and can use that to his advantage in Class 3.
“When I rode him last, it was his first run and he missed the start, everything was new to him and he didn’t quite know what he was doing,” he said. “He now looks like he knows what he is doing. He will need to take a step forward now he is up in class, but he looks capable.”
Among those opposing Best Step (114lb) are last-start placegetters All Great Friends (123lb) and Travel Datuk (123lb), as well as course and distance winners Wonderful Journey (133lb), Extremely Fun (129lb), Wayfoong Vinnie (124lb), Our Hero (119lb) and Sharp Hunter (118lb).
The Class 3 Arc De Triomphe Champions Handicap (1200m) is due to jump at 10:50pm.
Best Step opens his Hong Kong account over 1000m at Happy Valley last start, picture Hong Kong Jockey Club