Douglas Whyte

As expected, Whyte's the man for the job

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 19 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 19 May, 2012, 12:00am

Expect Douglas Whyte to ramp up the pressure - on himself - as the end of season approaches, with the 11-time premiership winner chasing his own record of 114 wins in a season.

The jockeys' title has been a one-act affair for a long time, but the extra motivation of a record in sight could help lift the already super-competitive Whyte to another level, and propel him to Jockey Challenge success.

A two-meeting suspension incurred on Wednesday will only add to his hunger, leaving him with 13 meetings to make up the 20 wins he needs to match his mark set in 2005-06.

The South African has won two of the last three Jockey Challenges, including finishing-off last Wednesday's contest early with a 36-point effort, and a full 10-ride book sprinkled with short-priced favourites has him installed 1.65 favourite.

He starts the day with Sean Woods' last-start winner Diamond Knight, who has drawn on the right side of the track.

In race two, he climbs aboard Island Spring, who is a touch unreliable and drawn wide, but will win in a race in Class Five soon.

John Size's Vivacissimo was runner-up to exciting Dance For Gold on debut despite a bad gate, this time he has drawn four and looms as Whyte's shortest-priced chance of the day.

The middle part of the programme is full of each-way but hard-to-catch hopes, starting in race four with Kensworth Kid, and followed by All Delight and Zezao in a 1,000m sprint.

Hear The Roar provides another chance before rides on stablemates Sunny King and Sunny Fay bring him to the last and perhaps his best chance. Whyte is unbeaten on Wah May Star and Me Tsui Yu-sak's grey will be hard to stop again in Class Two.