It's hard to go past super Durban Demon

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 December, 2011, 12:00am


Douglas Whyte is shooting for five straight Jockey Challenge wins and it seems nothing can stop the Durban Demon's charge.

The South African was a dominant $1.85 favourite at the top of betting markets last night, courtesy of a nine-ride book featuring a couple of 'banker' types.

Even by his own lofty standards, Whyte is having an outstanding season, averaging a remarkable 28.4 Jockey Challenge points per meeting, up from 26.4 in 2010-11.

He seems to have stepped it up another gear, gathering an average of 33.2 points per meeting during a red-hot stretch, close to double his nearest competitor.

The John Size-trained Right Timing can make amends for his last-start blunder at the gates in race six, but he also teams up with the Australian trainer in the next two events on likely-looking runners. In race eight Supreme Jewellery has drawn the right part of the track (12) to be there when it matters.

In the last he gets a gun draw (three) for the consistent Size-trained runner I Smell Money, who tries the dirt after three straight placings.

Whyte also supplements his chances with rides for other stables - the Derek Cruz-trained Storm's Destiny loves the dirt and has drawn well, while David Hall's Danzulu (race five) will run a solid race.

Best-placed to challenge the favourite is Zac Purton, who was backed from $6.50 into $5.50 second favourite late yesterday.

Purton has seven rides and starts the 10-race programme with his two strongest hopes - Sparkling (race one) and Country Charm (race two). He also caps the day with in-form Fortune Winner.