Whyte's treble extends lead
Runaway championship leader Douglas Whyte may have missed out in the high-profile events at Sha Tin yesterday but he managed to snare a treble to increase his lead at the top of the jockey's table. Whyte led throughout on the first-starter Lifeline Express in the opening race then followed up with victories on Danriva and Asia Rising in the final event.
Trainer Tony Millard said Lifeline Express had always shown him something but had been troubled with injury problems. 'The owner bought Lifeline Express in Australia and the horse was already lame when he got here,' Millard said. 'But that was a very nice win for a horse having his first start and I think he's going to make into a good racehorse if we can keep him sound.'
Lifeline Express never looked like being beaten after finding the front against the rail and drew right away to win by just over four lengths. Whyte was seen in a different role on Danriva who sat off the pace then came around the leaders turning for home. As he did so Century Star railed through to take the lead and appeared set for victory. He had no answer to Danriva's determined finish and trainer Ivan Allan believes yesterday's win will not be the last for Danriva.
Asia Rising won the Football Handicap cleverly after Whyte was blocked and forced back towards the inside for clear running and the four-year-old put the race beyond doubt quickly. The win also continued the consistent winning run of trainer Alex Wong Yu-on who has scored at each of the last three meetings. Whyte was unlucky not to make it four, finishing runner-up on Ironic Commander and on New Trumps who pulled up lame.