Doleuze can give Whyte a run for his money

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 05 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 05 February, 2012, 12:00am

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Douglas Whyte holds his usual commanding position on top of Jockey Challenge betting, but is hard to back at ultra short odds, so look to Olivier Doleuze to spring an upset despite his limited book of rides.

Make no mistake, Whyte will be tough to beat with a 10-ride book full of favoured runners, but the $1.50 offered last night was not for the faint-hearted.

Perhaps a flutter on the Frenchman would be better advised - all of his five rides have chances and he caps the programme with one of the best bets of the day in the Paul O'Sullivan-trained miler Finezza.

It's always hard to play catch-up against Whyte when he holds the numbers advantage, a he usually does, but at least Doleuze will give some bang for your buck at double-figure odds ($13 last night).

The flamboyant rider also teams up with Eagle Regiment in the Chairman's Sprint Prize, after the pair snatched the first leg of the Speed Series last month, and Iron Hawk, who has been struggling under big weights and from wide draws, but seems well-placed today. Complementing those three winning hopes are solid place chances King Of Fish II (race four) and Loving Star (race nine).

If Whyte goes without points in the first two legs on Merry Towkay and badly-drawn Right Timing, which isn't inconceivable, that might be the time to jump on the Durban Demon bandwagon as his odds drift.

In race three he combines with progressive Classic Jewellery and continues the day with a strong group, but without any of his usual short-priced fancies.