With Size firepower, Whyte holds all the aces
Douglas Whyte and Brett Prebble are sure to figure prominently at today's Chinese New Year meeting and should go head to head in the Jockey Challenge, but Whyte ($2.15) looks to have a small enough advantage to claim the final honours at Sha Tin.
Whyte has not been in super form lately and has been winless over the past two meetings, but a quality book of nine rides, filled with rising talent, can help him break a run of 16 outs and shoot further clear at the top of the premiership.
The Durban Demon starts his afternoon crusade aboard the John Size-trained I Smell Money, who has drawn the inside gate after being caught wide from barrier 13 last start, and the Size-trained debutant Dispatcher, who starts his career after three quiet trials. Whyte takes the reins on Speedy for trainer Andy Leung Ting-wah in race five, before he is legged aboard Paul O'Sullivan's last-start winner New Vision in race six.
Saddlers Lodge provides Whyte with a huge chance to consolidate his points tally in race seven, and the Sean Woods-trained gelding looks overdue to notch his first win.
Brave Kid ran a bold race first-up behind Sacred Kingdom down the straight and the step up to 1,200m will suit, but meeting the top sprinters again will prove no easy task and any points Whyte can claim in the Group One could be crucial.