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Our season is just beginning, says Whyte

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 November, 2012, 3:16am

The omens were there all day for the Dream Team to have a breakout afternoon as Douglas Whyte and John Size enjoyed a glorious day and a four-timer that is unlikely to be the peak for their season, which has only just begun to get up some speed.

In the fifth race, Turbo Jewellery made big improvement in his race sense from his debut to win at his second outing, then the Dream Team sheared through the back-end of the card with Glorious Days, It Has To Be You and The Peak.

The four wins saw Size draw level in the trainers' championship chase with Caspar Fownes and Whyte slide to within one of Zac Purton at the top of the jockeys' ladder, despite a forest of knockers for the jockey after his steady start to the term.

"You know what John's like, he starts slow and builds momentum and I haven't been unhappy with how my season has started either - in fact, our season is just beginning," said Whyte.

Most attention, Glorious Days' Group Two win aside, was focused on potential Derby prospect, It Has To Be You, resuming in the Class Three mile and The Peak scooting away for his fifth victory in six starts in impressive style.

"At 1,400m, I thought It Has To Be You probably would have been beaten because they're just a bit sharp for him, even first-up," he said.

"So we took him back to the trials, gave him a bit more work and ran him first-up at the mile and he has still only just had enough speed to win.

"Still, he's had an experience that will stand him in good stead for the future, working around the lead and having to go on again. He's got a lot of attributes that are going to win him more races, especially his attitude. He's progressive," he added.

Whyte was quickly out of a wide draw on The Peak to lead as he made the step up to Class Two for the first time and gave nothing else a chance.

"You know if he was a hand taller, he could be anything, but he's a thorough professional who has improved every time he's gone to the races," Whyte said.

"Today was the best he's been yet, crossing and dictating like that with his ears up and then just dropped them."


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