Wait for the Whyte odds on Durban Demon

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 10 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 March, 2012, 12:00am


He starts the day slowly, but Douglas Whyte can finish with a flourish and capture his ninth Jockey Challenge in the last 10 meetings at Sha Tin today.

After a five-timer garnered Whyte a remarkable 78 Jockey Challenge points at Sha Tin last week, the South African only scored 24 at Happy Valley on Wednesday night and still won.

This time he is one of five jockeys with eight rides, but the comparative quality of his mounts had him set as a $1.55 favourite last night.

Maybe holding off on a bet until the second half of the programme is the way to go, if Whyte goes without points on O'Halo (race two), John Dory (race four) and Darpana (race five), his odds may float out to a more attractive quote.

From race six, the Durban Demon should be unstoppable, with the John Size-trained Classic Jewellery looking a top prospect likely to climb higher through the grades. He then partners Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby-bound Real Specialist, who is on seven-day back-up from a win over 1,800m, dropping back to 1,600m.

Whyte teams up with Tony Cruz on hard-as-nails sprinter-miler Crown Witness over the perfect trip of 1,400m in the Group Three Hong kong Macau Trophy. He closes the day with rides on another Size pair. Paganini's Soul heads to the dirt and looks a solid each-way bet, while exciting G-One Winning is likely to dominate betting in the last.