Whyte's 1,300th landmark win is a Treasure indeed
It was just like old times at Sha Tin, as Douglas Whyte stood astride Chairman's Day like a Colossus and racked up four wins for the afternoon and 1,300 for all time.
Whyte's first four-timer for the current season came on the backs of Har Har Charms for Gary Ng Ting-keung, Goodview Successor for Dennis Yip Chor-hong and a double for John Size with Prosperity and National Treasure, the latter notching Whyte's 1,300th winner in Hong Kong.
'They are all nice landmarks and to do it for John, who is a great supporter as well as a close friend, is terrific,' said Whyte, whose last four-win day on July 4 last year also finished with National Treasure, and the gelding had run just once since.
'He has had issues with his feet, which is why he's only had one start this season,' said Size. 'But he is sound again and he had had a lot of work coming into today and was very fit, despite four months without a race. He's been very consistent when we have been able to get him to the races, so you would think a horse like that might still have some more to come.'
The win took National Treasure's record at 1,400m to four starts for four wins and his overall record to 10 starts for five wins and fuve placings.
'Even though he's had issues, he's still been running honestly,' Whyte said. 'Today he felt the best I think he has felt and John's done a magic job with him. He was very fit and very settled and he really wanted to win.'
Earlier the Durban Demon turned the clock back for nine-year-old Har Har Charms, too, who won the Swaine Cup on the all-weather surface - a mere five years since Whyte won the same race on Chairman's Day on the gelding, then in the Size stable.
'The owner reminded me when I came into the paddock that we won this same race together, so it was nice to manage it again - he's better than a Class Four horse so once he was down to that grade he was going to win his way out of it again fairly quickly,' Whyte said.
The jockey believes Goodview Successor might be a stayer with some more upside next season after he made it three wins for the term in the Wong Cup (1,800m), grinding out a victory over Sunny More after looking more switched on in blinkers.
'Last time the stop-start race went against us, but I also felt he wasn't giving me his best, he came down the straight twitching his ears and his mind didn't seem to be on the job,' Whyte said. 'So I suggested to Dennis that he back him up again and put some cups on him.
'So thanks to Dennis for listening and he had him spot on to come back and get it right. He was more switched on, I was able to put him right in the race from the start and he really knuckled down when it was tight.
'Without the blinkers, I don't think he would have won. He's still quite raw and might have some more points in him next year.'