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Prebble is a good bet

Douglas Whyte may have the numbers, but Brett Prebble has the quality to claim tonight's Jockey Challenge.

Wednesday, 28 March, 2012, 12:00am

Whyte tops the chart

Douglas Whyte dominated early Jockey Challenge market, with a full book of rides at Happy Valley tonight likely to carry him to his 10th win in 11 meetings.

The Durban Demon was rated a $2 chance, and his biggest danger is a jockey with half as many rides, Olivier Doleuze ($7.50).

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Beadman suffers serious relapse

Top jockey Darren Beadman said yesterday he was back to square one as he approaches the end of his first month of rehabilitation from head and face injuries suffered in a barrier trial fall at Sha Tin.

Beadman, 46, fractured his right cheek bone on February 17 when his mount broke down in the early stages of the trial and he was flung on to the ground.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Club to tweak Challenge betting rules

The Jockey Club will make adjustments to the Jockey Challenge fixed-odds bet to avoid a repeat of Sunday's suspension of betting on contest leader Douglas Whyte.

Whyte had firmed in to be the 1.01 favourite for the Jockey Challenge in-play betting after landing 28 points in the first three races. He started out a long odds-on fancy even before racing started.

6 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Youngster on his best behaviour after morning shenanigans

John Moore was left impressed with Craig's Pride, but said the youngster needed to curb his erratic tendancies and get his mind on racing. 'He won on raw ability,' Moore said. 'There's a long way to go with this fellow, to get his mind right. I predict a big future for this guy, once he learns how to race. The heart irregularity he had last start was in keeping with his temperament.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Extended bands will kill off competitive races

We are always grateful to the Jockey Club's handicapping department for providing topics for discussion and one of our favourites has resurfaced in the past couple of weeks.

With turnover up at every meeting, there is almost nothing that puts the Jockey Club off its game or dampens enthusiasm at Sports Road for whatever gets churned out these days.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Beadman to undergo surgery on cheekbone

Jockey Darren Beadman will be sidelined indefinitely after complications arising from a race fall and will have corrective surgery on his fractured cheekbone today.

The Australian denied reports in local media that he was in a more serious condition.

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Whyte has right book of rides to deliver the goods

Zac Purton has all of the momentum, but Douglas Whyte has the right book of rides to reclaim Jockey Challenge superiority and deserves his spot on top of early betting markets.

Purton, fresh off a mid-week treble at Happy Valley, has rocketed into second place in the jockeys' table over the past month and has nine rides today at Sha Tin.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Bringing in a pinch hitter has its restrictions

While on John Moore, the trainer did seek to import a jockey for this weekend's HK$8 million Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup when Darren Beadman was injured last week, and has been told it isn't allowed under the Jockey Club's policy.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Purton can strike back

In-form Zac Purton ($3.20) scored 34 points in the Jockey Challenge last week at Happy Valley and somehow had two rivals finish ahead of him, but can reverse that result at the same track tonight and halt the winning run of Douglas Whyte.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am