Full-house Whyte can continue his dominance
Douglas Whyte has won six of the last seven Jockey Challenges and should steamroll his way to another one at Sha Tin today.
The Durban Demon was as short as $1.22 last night as punters eyed off his strong book of 10 rides, which include a number of likely favourites.
Not only does Whyte ride the John Size-trained Glorious Days in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup (1,400m), he partners odds-on pop Go Baby Go from the Dennis Yip Chor-hong stable, Me Tsui Yu-sak's promising Wah May Star and Real Specialist, who was unlucky last start. The Peak will also go around at short odds after his smart debut win.
The champion jockey opens his day with Grandfield. The Derek Cruz-trained gelding's last win was over this course and distance for Whyte last April and has been battling on since. He then partners Champion Mount - was the the second pick in the early markets from an outside gate - in race two for Sean Woods.
Next in betting at $7 was Jeff Lloyd (nine rides), who reunites Able One and exciting prospect Cosmic Boom. Brett Prebble ($12) returns from a shoulder injury with six rides, including the Caspar Fownes-trained Lucky Nine in the feature, but from there it is a steep drop with all other jockeys $30 or better last night.