Whyte has the quality to take centre stage
Sometimes it pays not to out-think yourself when analysing the Jockey Challenge.
Falling into the trap of trying to find value can mean missing the obvious; that is, the fact Douglas Whyte is usually favourite for some very good reasons. He generally attracts the most and best rides and he is number one choice for the number one stable (John Size) and for most other stables for that matter.
The Durban Demon is a dominant Jockey Challenge favourite ($2.30) on the strength of nine good rides. He can start the day with a bang, drawing assignments on the first two favourites of the card - Astrokid and Glory Horsie.
He follows that with four rides for Size - Delish, John Dory, Lucky Bravo and Moneymaker. He reunites with the Paul O'Sullivan-trained New Vision, who is chasing three straight wins at the course and distance when he contests the Panasonic Cup.
Whyte finishes the day with two more rides for Size, on I Smell Money and King Mossman.
Brett Prebble is ranked best hope to beat Whyte, but look to fellow Australian Zac Purton as the most likely to cause an upset.
He only has seven rides to Whyte's nine, but is aboard some strong winning hopes.
Purton could easily end up with multiple wins, which combined with a single placing, is often enough to snare the challenge.
The middle part of the programme stands out for Purton with rides on Kingston Spartacus, Iron Hawk and Jimson the Best in races three, four and five. Later in race seven he partners exciting Wah May Star in his return and Scarlet Camellia in race nine.