Draw favours Marwing

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 December, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 December, 2000, 12:00am

Tomorrow night's eagerly awaited International Jockeys' Championship at Happy Valley is set to mirror this season's local riding tussle with the top Hong Kong-based jockeys, Douglas Whyte and Weichong Marwing, having the luck of the draw yesterday.

If anything, Marwing has the better book over the series which encapsulates the Triple Trio events - races three, four and six. And he promised last night to give it everything.

'Some of the other riders may be a bit taller than me, and maybe a bit heavier, and they may have ridden a few more winners, but I'll being going out to give it my very, very best shot. I'm going to get the videos out right now and go through my mounts,' he said.

Marwing, on 24 winners for the season and three behind fellow South African Whyte, partners Clever Citation for Ivan Allan in the third, last-start winner Prodigy for Lawrie Fownes in the fourth and Peter Ho's course-and-distance specialist Many Happy Returns in the sixth.

Marwing added: 'I've certainly got a bit of lady luck floating with me at the moment as the rides I've drawn in the Jockeys' Championship look my best rides of the night. It's going to be a great competition and a great week in general.'

Whyte partners the improving Reputation for trainer Tony Cruz in race three, the likely favourite Romantic Venture for the in-form Geoff Lane stable in the fourth and Dragon Power for David Hayes in the sixth.

Whyte said: 'This type of series of good racing is good for us guys. I love the competition. I'm delighted to pull Romantic Venture as he would have been my first choice.'

The series is decided on a points basis, with 12 points awarded for a winner, six for second place, four for third, three for fourth and two for fifth. The winning jockey will receive $200,000, with $100,000 going to the runner-up.