Whyte out of the frame as Williams prevails

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 03 December, 2007, 12:00am

Douglas Whyte warmed up for Wednesday's Cathay Pacific International Jockey Championship at Happy Valley by winning the fourth and final event of the Super Jockey Series at Hanshin, Japan yesterday, but it was not enough to put him in the finish of the prestigious contest.

Whyte's victory on Dynamic Grow in the Golden Spur Trophy gave him 31 points after he had finished seventh earlier in the third series leg, the Golden Saddle Trophy, but he finished equal fifth.

He was well behind the winner, former Hong Kong-based Australian Craig Williams on 47 points.

Williams had been well poised in fifth after a second on the first day but an easy victory on Silk Dragoon in the Golden Saddle left him needing only a reasonable finish in the Golden Spur to take the prize, and he came home fourth on Naked.

Whyte enjoyed a successful day nonetheless, also winning a support race earlier in the afternoon, while Williams won three races in all over the two-day Hanshin meeting.

Jockeys for the runners in Wednesday's three-race series will be drawn this morning after declarations.