Whyte tops list, but watch out for Zac Attack
Douglas Whyte will go around at 'Glorious Days odds' in today's Jockey Challenge, with the rising star to be the rock on which his challenge bid will be built.
But in-form Zac Purton is the most likely to attack the 11-time champion at juicy overnight odds of $7.50. The Aussie rider is having one of his best seasons and sits second in the jockeys' race behind Whyte.
Whyte - who lands at Sha Tin after last night's Dubai World Cup meet - will have his usual army of likely favourites in Champion Mount (race three), Good Hong Kong (race five), Simple (race six) and Earl Of Leitrim (race 10), and tops the menu at $1.65.
By the time Whyte legs up in race three, Purton will have already racked up full or minor points in the first two with Francis Lui Kin-wai's pair, Telecom Gogo and General Danroad.
The Aussie, who won the Challenge on Wednesday night at the city course, then teams up with Me Tsui Yu-sak to ride Wealth Park in race three. The five-year-old has been showing improvement on the training track, including a nice trial with Purton, and should turn his form around.
Purton then combines with Lui again on Serendipity (race four) before taking a break. The progressive four-year-old may find things tougher following his solid last-start win at the Valley 1,200m, as he is up against some quality individuals in Sea Diamond and Why Not (Whyte).
While Purton returns from his quick nap, this is where the Durban Demon will be wide awake to strike back with Simple and impressive Glorious Days (race seven), but the talented rider has last-start winner and likely favourite Keen Marie and the course and distance specialist Fat Choy Oohlala to respond with, and ends his eight book of rides with Little Bridge and Packing Tycoon.