Hotshot Whyte looks a tough nut to crack

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 February, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 February, 2011, 12:00am

Douglas Whyte holds all the aces at Sha Tin today and should be hard to topple as a $2.50 Jockey Challenge favourite, and his quality book of 10 rides are all capable of scoring points for the clear premiership leader.

Whyte leads Darren Beadman by 17 wins in the season battle, with Brett Prebble three further back in third position - but that lead could be extended this afternoon and Jockey Challenge punters can take advantage of Whyte's domination.

The Durban Demon has won one of the past 10 Challenges, but has maintained a healthy strike rate throughout that period and, by sheer weight of numbers, should be able to comfortably hold his rivals at bay.

Dispatcher was heavily supported before his debut run and will strip fitter second-up for trainer John Size, giving Whyte an excellent hope to start on a winning note.

New Leader and Wait For Me can consolidate an early advantage before the promising Costa Del Sol racks up maximum points on debut.

Beautiful Choice and Xi Ying Men strike highly competitive races, but are in with an each-way show, while Mighty High will need to re-produce his super last-start effort in The Jebsen Centenary Vase (1,800m) to topple the Group One horses in the feature Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup (2,000m).

By this stage, Whyte's competitors will have run out of chips, but if they check his sleeves for any more aces, they will be disappointed to find that he still has New Vision, City Power, and You Gotta Pay to lay on the table.