Dominant Prebble has the edge over Whyte

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 June, 2009, 12:00am

It's back to a good old-fashioned toe-to-toe tonight between the top two jockeys, Brett Prebble and Douglas Whyte, after the pair were in Japan on Sunday.

That was not lost on Jockey Club oddsmakers when they posted first markets for the Jockey Challenge last night with Prebble at 2.30 and Whyte the strong 3.70 second choice, and it's hard to argue.

The odds are nothing flashy but Prebble must be the favourite, the Australian opening with strong claims on Golden Opportunity in the Class Five, solid chances on China Hero in race two and Legend in the fifth, and the shortest favourite for the night in Sun Trooper in the feature event (race seven).

Prebble has won more than his share of Challenges, firstly when Whyte was suspended, and then having the edge again when the Durban Demon returned from his break.

Tonight is a new meeting but Prebble again looks to hold that edge, with Whyte's best hopes of beating his rival looking to be Par Excellence in race two, Chater Power in race three and Butterfield in the final event, while Frames Depot looks another possible point-scorer in the opener.

Only four riders have a full book and the knockout, if there is to be one, might be Derek Leung Ka-chun at 10.00, who doesn't have an outright favourite but several scoring opportunities, which could be winners with a slice of luck.