Long odds make Whyte even more enticing

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 January, 2011, 12:00am

Douglas Whyte doesn't have a ride in the first three races at Sha Tin today, but the champion jockey looks a great value chance in the Jockey Challenge at his overnight quote of $8.

Punters wanting to get on the Whyte Wagon may be well advised to do so before the meeting commences, because even though he won't be chalking up any early points himself, one of his main rivals, Darren Beadman ($2.85 favourite), Brett Prebble ($3.50) or Gerald Mosse ($$11) will need to get away to a clear early advantage to stop Whyte's odds tumbling down when in-play betting opens.

With two dirt races designated to start the meeting, Jockey Challenge bettors will have to tread carefully with the favourites who are relying on the notorious all-weather track for early points.

Whyte may not be capable of repeating his 51-point romp of last Sunday, but his seven rides are all solid chances and it certainly wouldn't surprise to see the Durban Demon chalk up another double and Challenge win.

New Vision for trainer Paul O'Sullivan and Chater Power for David Ferraris can get Whyte on the board in races four and five, before he combines with John Size for the final five events.

John Dory looks a good chance of rolling early favourite Smart Giant in race six, Brave Kid can sprint well fresh and has minor claims in the feature, while Project Runway should be ideally suited by the dirt mile in race eight.

Fulfil A Wish will need to overcome a wide barrier, but is a consistent galloper who puts himself into races, and Diego is a wild-card in the last after flashing home first-up behind Dragon Fighter.