Wah May Star 'has all the right attributes'
Champion jockey Douglas Whyte's first day back at the office after suspension was largely forgettable - particularly for punters who took the short odds about him in the Jockey Challenge and saw Whyte one of the first eliminated after failing to score a point in his first six rides - but the silver lining came in the shape of the grey three-year-old, Wah May Star.
Whyte described Wah May Star's fourth win from eight runs this term as 'a touch cosy' after he prevailed over Real Supreme by a neck in the final race, and the Me Tsui Yu-sak-trained gelding has laid a fine foundation for his classic season in 2012-13.
'He's a real professional and keeps taking another step towards becoming a proper horse. He just wants a bit of time to develop and mature, but he is the real deal,' Whyte said. 'He has gate speed, an amazing turn of foot and a huge action. He has all the right attributes to be a good horse and Me has him heading in the right direction.
Physically, he is still a bit narrow and he needs some tender loving care and time to fill out into himself, then he will be a very nice horse and he's certainly going to get further than the 1,400m races he is winning at the moment.'
Whyte pulled the winning tactical move by using gate one to keep the apparently-reluctant leader, Real Supreme (Matthew Chadwick) off the rail throughout the race.
'I actually wanted cover, but Matthew came out looking to go forward, then only half committed to it so I let my horse just hold the rail and not let him cross me,' Whyte said.
'I felt that if he wasn't fully committed to the lead and crossed me, that I would have been on Wah May Star's mouth and having to break his stride and that big stride is his biggest attribute. So I just posted the leader out there and I think it was the difference.'
Local rider Eddie Lai Wai-ming managed to incur the wrath of the stewards, with a careless riding charge for the sixth time this season on New Deerfield and got himself a three-day suspension and HK$15,000 fine.