Whyte has the ammo to gun down rivals

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 18 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 18 September, 2010, 12:00am

Douglas Whyte looks set to take the ascendancy in today's Sha Tin Jockey Challenge with a bumper card of 10 rides, which can easily rack up the required points for him to win as $1.75 favourite.

Whyte has won two races from four meetings but, with his wing man John Size chiming in with greater support this time, the Durban Demon could well double that tally by this evening.

Value chances are few and far between in the market, with in-form Zac Purton at $22 and apprentice Vincent Ho Chak-yiu at $18 appearing the most likely to cause an upset in the unlikely event that Whyte falters.

Cristal Magnum is the first of Whyte's best hopes and, with a run under his belt and an ideal inside draw, the Tony Cruz-trained galloper will be hard to beat in the second race. Ejimeric Te Specso rates highly for Whyte and Size in race three and should prove hard to gun down from barrier three after he led throughout to win on debut last season.

Lions' Fortune has also drawn a cosy barrier for trainer-of-the-moment, Danny Shum Chap-shing, and should go close to scoring his first win.

Promising Mandarin looks a great chance first-up in the Buffalo Hill Handicap (1,200m) for Size, and Whyte should be able to ride him as he pleases from barrier five.

The remainder of Whyte's card includes solid each-way chances in debutant Lucky Magic, Kowloon Pride, Hot Shot, Spinnaker and Shining Victory for the Size stable, as well as Union's Star for Dennis Yip Chor-hong to finish the day in race 10.