Whyte raring to go with topweight Classa Victory
Champion rider Douglas Whyte hasn't had too many quiet days in recent years but he failed to break the ice at the season's opener at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Plagued by wide draws, the Durban Demon had to be content with a couple of minor placings and this will make him even more keen to crack it at tomorrow night's meeting at Happy Valley.
Whyte has several good rides, but looking to the Triple Trio, he can kick punters off on the right leg on topweight Classa Victory in the first leg, the 1,650 metres Class Four Handicap.
White will take over from apprentice Alex Lai Hoi-wing on the Zabeel gelding for trainer Peter Ho Leung and from barrier four, he is sure to give the gelding every chance.
Classa Victory will certainly appreciate the drop back from Class Three and this will more than offset his topweight of 132 pounds.
At his previous start, when ridden by Whyte, he was a close second at Sha Tin in Class Four and this event looks perfect for him.
Whyte rode the gelding in his work at Sha Tin yesterday morning, when he worked strongly over 800 metres on the all-weather track in 53.9 seconds, finishing off the last 200m keenly in 24.5 seconds.
That is sure to have cleaned him right up for this assignment.
Hardest to beat for the topweight could be Triumph and Legionnaire and they look the others to put in for the trio.
Whereas Whyte didn't get off the mark on Sunday, trainer John Moore had a day to remember with four winners and a nose second.
He could continue his winning trend but the barrier draw has made it very tough for him with Ever More in the final leg, the feature event - the Hong Kong Country Club Challenge Cup over 1,000m (Class Three).
Ever More won a similar event at the Valley on June 8 before going for his break but on that night he came out of barrier three.
Instead, this time around he has drawn the extreme outside in the field of 12.
The Geiger Counter six-year-old is still sure to run a big race but Olivier Doleuze will have to be at his best on him.
Ever More has been very smart on the track in the past fortnight and must be put in the trio, but the barrier is certainly the query.
The same goes for Okeydokey and New Milestone, who have both just drawn inside him.
They have the ability to win also if they get the breaks but will certainly need luck or a masterly ride or both. For that reason, Master Ying, from barrier three, is worth including with his inside draw.
Toffee makes plenty of appeal in the middle leg over 1,200m - Class Four Island Handicap.
Well drawn in five for Caspar Fownes and Gerald Mosse, Toffee should have every chance and his griffin form of last season suggests he is up to beating the older horses at Class Four level.
Great Idea and Beauty Plus appeal as the other two for the trio with Kimbo Kid also having a definite chance but is awkwardly drawn in 10.