Size and Whyte savour another big day
Douglas Whyte got his fill at the big end of town yesterday in winning the Champions & Chater for Peter Ho Leung, but the Durban Demon and John Size still managed to make a mark in tandem with a double.
Promising Ichiban made it three wins from six starts with a solid display in the fourth, while Enthused continued to take himself towards a good race one day in the future with a sterling Class Two victory under 132 pounds in the 10th.
'He got the race run beautifully to suit him, but he's closed it off well and is very honest,' Size said.
'He's going well but he's getting high in the ratings now. I'll just have to look at the programme to see if there's another race for him or whether that's it for this season.'
Whyte agreed that Enthused should be effective as he goes up a grade now with a light weight but said the four-year-old was confusing as far as his distance requirements.
'You would swear riding him that he is a miler, that's how he feels,' Whyte said. 'But it just stretches him because of his gate speed and the quickness he has when he turns it on. Back to 1,400 metres, he's done a good job as it's never easy with the 132 pounds on his back.
'He's probably looking a bit lethargic lately - and let's face it it's the end of the season so he would have every right to be - but I think he'll be a bit livelier when you see him not having to lug these big weights around. He always travelled like a winner today and all I needed was something to carry me into the race for a while and Skyview Bar and Regency Dragon did that and he put them away well.' Both trainer and jockey are very much looking to the future with Ichiban, despite the three-year-old's already sterling record.
'Last time I thought the race would be tempo-related and didn't want to get too far back so I probably rode him upside down and he was a bit reluctant at times to do what I wanted him to do,' Whyte said.
'Today, I took him back and he was much happier and travelled more kindly for the majority of the race then let down strongly. He was green, wanted to lay in with me, but the best is still a way off with this horse. When he gets over 2,000m, he will be a different proposition and, as I said after he won last time, even a race like the Queen Mother's [Memorial] Cup in a year from now will be right up his alley.'