Whyte has the arsenal to blow rivals away

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 11 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 11 February, 2012, 12:00am

After scraping home as co-winner of the Jockey Challenge on Wednesday night, Douglas Whyte has the firepower to blow rivals away today, with the shortest-priced favourite on the card among his nine rides.

Whyte and Neil Callan tied in a low-scoring scrap at Happy Valley, but this programme offers the South African a golden opportunity to extend his seemingly insurmountable lead in the season standings.

Whyte partners Go Baby Go in a Class Three up the straight, with the Dennis Yip Chor-hong's unbeaten four-year-old likely to start as short as odds-on against a moderate field.

The Durban Demon was a $2.15 top pick in Jockey Challenge betting last night, with Go Baby Go providing a solid foundation for success. He also has his usual solid group of rides for John Size, but has surprisingly jumped off a couple of the leading trainer's horses in favour of engagements for the Tony Millard yard.

Whyte chose Lifeline Elite over Size's Supreme Jewellery in the Class Four up the straight, with the horse benefitting from a drop back in grade and sure to be competitive. He also partners Lucky Nistelrooy, who has drawn perfectly in two, rather than ride John Dory.

Size still provides four rides for the premiership-leading hoop, with at least three of them rated good each-way hopes.

Sapelli, a Group Three winner, bounced back to form last start when he found a track with some give and might get cut in the ground again as well. The six-year-old lines up in the Centenary Vase over his preferred distance of 1,800m, with a light weight (116 pounds) and drawn two.

Size's Delish looks a winning hope, while Adoration will be hard to beat in the last.


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