Whyte backers sweat it out until the end

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 September, 2010, 12:00am

Punters got their money's worth out of the Jockey Challenge, with Douglas Whyte ensuring a roller-coaster thrill before finally securing the result. Whyte opened at $1.95 on Friday, firmed to $1.75 before racing and his odds were slashed to $1.07 after he had steered in the first two winners. It looked all over bar the shouting, but it was to the bar his backers were heading late in the day as Whyte continued to hold a share of the lead on 28 points but just couldn't close the deal. From race four onwards, down they went, each ride failing to add to Whyte's points tally, while Greg Cheyne, Alex Lai Hoi-wing and Weichong Marwing piled up points, then Brett Doyle's last-race second saw him join Cheyne, Whyte and Marwing on 28. The developed print was called for, with Whyte's two fourth placings clinching the verdict but it was a tough way to earn 7 per cent for those who joined in late.