Whyte settles for a double
Champion jockey Douglas Whyte was back from a steward-inflicted break yesterday with a book that promised more but he had to make do with a double for John Size and David Hall.
Defeats on the card included two long odds-on chances for Size in Aomen and Tuxedo, but supporters of the Dream Team also didn't forget to back debutant G-One Winning and the only time they were nervous was behind the start.
Size had taken the son of Magic Albert to the trials six times this season to get the hang of things and Whyte said that, while he obviously hasn't quite got it all down so far, G-One Winning's victory had a lot to do with that 'home work.'
'John gave him a very thorough foundation with all of those trials and it was typical of first starters from his yard - the horse turned up and produced the goods,' Whyte said after the comfortable two-length success.
'I think if he hadn't had all that home work, he could and would have fallen apart. He got very worked up behind the gates, so much that he kicked a rail and then didn't want to go in, but the depth of his preliminary work stopped him from losing it altogether.'
Size conceded his first starters usually turned up in a better frame of mind but it wasn't enough to stop the three-year-old.
'He was very new and needed the race experience badly. For me, they usually come to the races less fired up than that, but he was aware something different was going on and he did plenty of thinking,' Size said.
Whyte's other winner came for Hall on Nicholson stepping up to 1,800m for the first time in the fourth, keeping the Durban Demon's record on the horse intact at two rides for two wins, but the margin wasn't anything fancy for the short-priced favourite.
'He is still weak and he is doing things just on the little bit of ability he has shown. He is big and dour and will get further than this, but he just feels like he might have come to the end for now,' Whyte said.
'I think if David gives him a break and freshens him up that Nicholson will come back and take up where he left off.'
Hall agreed, saying Nicholson had already done a fair bit since early in the season.
'He was very fit early and he hasn't run a bad race,' he explained. 'He hasn't furnished up physically, and I think that he does have some scope to improve further, but my inclination now is to back off him and give him a break.'