In-play betting best strategy for Whyte fans
Douglas Whyte fans will get an unimaginably good price about their hero and test their courage at the same time as today's public holiday Jockey Challenge has an unfamiliar look to it.
Instead of Whyte being up there as an almost regulation favourite, the oddsmakers found two riders with superior chances, in theory at least, on last night's early challenge prices.
Brett Prebble led the market at a tight $2.3 quote from boom apprentice Matthew Chadwick ($3.7). Weichong Marwing and Whyte were bracketed on the third line of favouritism at $7.0, but some astute early shoppers gave Whyte a trim so that he was in to $6.0 at the 7pm call.
Whyte will be in trouble for points early - something to which he has become accustomed lately - but the quality in his book of rides is heavily weighted towards the back end of the programme.
In race seven, he handles Amazing Flyer, with the consistent chestnut wearing blinkers for the first time. In the eighth, he will ride proven dirt-performer Thunder Dancing, while his ride in race nine is last week's impressive 1,200m trial winner Ferro Beau. Whyte then comes home on last-start winner and emerging Class One galloper Special Days and the Racing Club's gifted galloper Young Elite in the last.
Patience will be the strategy. Wait until after races four or five during in-play betting to obtain the best price, while an early saver on Chadwick should help cover the bases.