Plenty of Treasure in Angland's mounts

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 January, 2012, 12:00am


Douglas Whyte returns from suspension and reclaims his familiar position of dominant favourite in Jockey Challenge betting, but Tye Angland has the numbers to overhaul the Durban Demon at Sha Tin today.

Whyte holds his usual odds-on quote, he was $1.80 last night, but he resumes with six rides after sitting out three meetings, a few less than he is used to.

Angland takes the reins in nine of the 10 races, and while he might not boast some of the odds-on shots that Whyte partners, none of his mounts are without a chance.

Early betting indicated strong support for Angland - he was backed from $4 into $3 last night, while Whyte's odds eased from $1.85 out to $1.95.

With Brett Prebble suspended, Angland gets the ride on Hong Kong Sprint winner Lucky Nine in the Group One Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup, and the Caspar Fownes-trained gelding's performance could define the jockey's day.

Angland starts the programme strongly with single-figure bets in the opening three races - Lord Dragon (race one), Blessing (race two) and Bingo Key (race three).

He gets another each-way chance with Honey Fortune in the fifth, who looks suitably-placed in class four. Although Golden Treasure has been disappointing, he has shown a fondness for the all-weather track, having won four times and being placed on nine occasions on the surface.

Rounding out Angland's book are Smart Kids (race seven), Perfect Gear (race nine) and Semos (race 10), who was favourite in early markets.

Whyte's chances hinge on a trio of short-priced favourites - Aomen (race three), Nicholson (race four) and Tuxedo (race nine).