Doyle offers juicy odds and can topple Whyte
While Douglas Whyte has a stranglehold on betting, in-form Brett Doyle looms as superb value at bolter's odds in this afternoon's Jockey Challenge.
Whyte is a dominant $1.80 top pick and justifiably so, with nine rides and four of them likely to start favourite. But Doyle ($65), buoyed by his success on Joy And Fun in last week's Chief Executive's Cup, has picked up six rides with a couple of good winning chances.
Doyle kicks off the programme aboard rough hope Chantilly for Peter Ho Leung, but in the fourth partners the Andy Leung Ting-wah-trained Smart Choice, who will appreciate the all-weather track and was early favourite yesterday.
Dragon Victory (race five) is a genuine each-way hope for Doyle, but the back end of his programme looks skinny and he'll need extra points on outsiders Speedy (race two), Tony Millard's duo, Supreme Flight (race six) or Supreme Fay Fay (race nine), to figure.
Derek Leung Ka-chun ($6.50) is second favourite with a full book of 10 rides and Australian Tim Clark, who will be hungry for his maiden Hong Kong win, is $9.
Last week's Jockey Challenge winner Jeff Lloyd was the main beneficiary of Keith Yeung Ming-lun's late withdrawal due to an injury sustained at Friday's trials. Lloyd picked up two of Yeung's eight scheduled rides, but was still rated with 'others' at 100-1 late yesterday.
Yeung suffered injuries to his left hip and knee after being thrown by the Millard-trained Run The Distance.
The apprentice will also be unavailable for Wednesday's Happy Valley meeting and will consult a club doctor during the week.