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Winner Karis Teetan celebrates at Happy Valley in Hong Kong
At Happy Valley Racecourse in Hong Kong on Wednesday night, Hong Kong-based, Mauritian-born rider Karis Teetan won this year's edition of the Longines International Jockeys' Championship, with his 1 win and 2 thirds and 20 total points in the 4 race competition, taking home the winner's share of the HK$800,000 (US$102,190) purse, giving his first win in the competition. Jockeys were awarded 12 points for a win, 6 points for second, and 4 for third, and competed in four handicap races around the tight right-handed 7 furlong triangular turf course on Hong Kong Island. UK representative Ryan Moore finished second with 18 points, followed by a tie for third between local rider Vincent Ho and Irish representative Colin Keene with 12 points each. They had 1 win each but Ho had a 4th place finish while Keene's next best was a 7th therefore Ho won the "tiebreaker" and ranked third overall.
Ryan Moore wins the first race of the competition.
Jockey Karis Teetan wins the second race of the competition in a close finish.
Winning jockey Karis Teetan with his trophy.
After nailing down his first International Jockeys' Championship and his HK$500,000 (US$63,870) check, Teetan said, "I still can't believe I've won this challenge. I knew I had some decent rides but you still need the horses to perform. I was telling my fiancée (Xaviere Cottereau) that I was really feeling the pressure. 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. It's amazing riding against the world's top jockeys like Frankie Dettori and Ryan Moore. Normally I have to watch them on television. We ride here every week but it's a different kind of racing when you're out there against so many good jockeys."
Unlike the past several years, there was no American representative in the competition. Despite winning the second leg, Karis Teetan was also fined HK$10,000 (US$1,280) for excessive use of the whip aboard Dream Warrior in the stretch.
Left: The participating jockeys at the opening ceremony for the Jockey Championship. From left to right: Zac Purton, Oisin Murphy, Joao Moreira, Ryan Moore, James McDonald, Colin Keane, Yuga Kawada, Vincent Ho, Frankie Dettori, Silvestre de Sousa, Pierre-Charles Boudot (missing: eventual winner Karis Teetan).
Right: The trophies for the Jockey Championship.
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