On-fire Whyte to justify favouritism in Challenge

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 February, 2012, 12:00am

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In five of the 10 races today at Sha Tin, Douglas Whyte's rides are likely to start favourite, making him tough to beat in the Jockey Challenge and his short quote look justified.

The South African will start odds-on, he was $1.60 last night, but with nine rides and a group of John Size-trained mounts ready to fire, he should finish top of the Jockey Challenge for the fourth straight meeting.

Whyte's card starts with an outsider, the Sean Woods-trained Brothers In Arms in race two, and if he goes without points that might be the time to bet as his day will start warming up from there.

In race three, Whyte partners Glory Horsie, who had a 'forget run' at his last start when trapped three-deep with no cover at the Valley. Early markets had him way over the odds and, from gate four, he should be in the finish.

The Peak comes in with four trials and seems a bomb-proof competitor ready to bounce off his starting rating of 52, and he has drawn well in four.

G-One Winning is an impressive type and another drawn well (six), Aomen seems above Class Three, Fay Fay is nominal favourite for the Hong Kong Classic Cup, while Real Specialist will be hard to beat in the last despite drawing wide.