Zero to hero - Whyte to strike back in style

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 21 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 21 January, 2012, 12:00am


Motivated by a horror night at Happy Valley during the week, Douglas Whyte will bounce back to his best and take out the Jockey Challenge today.

Whyte didn't score a point on Wednesday night, his worst performance of the season.

The Durban Demon's previous season-low was in September, when he scored four points courtesy of a solitary placegetter at Happy Valley. Ominously, with regards to today, he bounced back with a vengeance at the following meeting on National Day and made it his own.

Whyte rode four winners on October 1, including feature winners Ambitious Dragon and Entrapment, on his way to collecting a massive 54 points - one of three times he has cracked the half-century this season. He is the only rider with a full book of 10 rides and is paired with a couple of runners who will be sent out dominant favourites.

Go Baby Go is backing up from a scintillating debut win up the straight and should win again over the same course and distance. Another Whyte ride looking for back-to-back wins is John Size's Dr Super, who is likely to start as short as odds-on.

Whyte will be no fancy odds - he was $1.50 last night - and it is hard to make a case for any of his rivals. Brett Prebble returned from suspension on Wednesday night to win the Jockey Challenge with a double and he is a $9 second pick.

Whyte also rides good chances in Storm's Destiny (race one), Zezao (race two), O'Halo (race three), Delish (race four), Right Timing (race six) and I Smell Money (race eight).