Douglas Whyte looks a touch vulnerable as Jockey Challenge favourite, but finding someone to oppose him at odds is a puzzle.
Whyte has six rides, including strong rides in the final five events, and was a $3.40 chance last night.Wednesday, 20 June, 2012, 12:00am
John Size trains winners like pigeons poop on statues - it all just seems so natural and with such an air of inevitability.
And his patient handling to give Can Do so much practice before racing, among many others before him, shows off one particular aspect of the pooping where he has it all over most of his rivals - getting horses to win on debut.28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
Douglas Whyte holds his usual commanding position on top of Jockey Challenge betting, but is hard to back at ultra short odds, so look to Olivier Doleuze to spring an upset despite his limited book of rides.
Make no mistake, Whyte will be tough to beat with a 10-ride book full of favoured runners, but the $1.50 offered last night was not for the faint-hearted.5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
Douglas Whyte saves his best for the big days and has a quality book that can make an odds-on quote look appealing in the Jockey Challenge.
On National Day, Whyte nabbed the two feature wins and he has a great chance of doing the same again with Entrapment in the Premier Bowl and Sichuan Success in the Sha Tin Trophy.30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am
One year on from the huge move on All The Winners at a Happy Valley Sunday meeting that set the tone for last season on the betting front, the 'God Of Lamp' has not been quite as accurate this time around.26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am
How much is success in life due to luck, chance, or what scientists call probability?3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am
The Caspar Fownes-trained Lucky Nine faces a stamina test stepping up to 1,800m today in the Mercedes-Benz Classic Cup at Sha Tin, but proven class and a tempo query weigh heavily in favour of another victory.20 Feb 2011 - 12:00am
Triple Trio players are treated with two super quality International Group One races at Sha Tin on Sunday, and Hong Kong Vase favourite Americain looks a superb banker play on which to base all combinations in the first leg.10 Dec 2010 - 12:00am
Tonight's Jockey Challenge promises to be an absolute corker and, while usual favourites Douglas Whyte, Darren Beadman and Brett Prebble all have good claims, none boast an outstanding book, which assures them of victory in the point-score event.1 Dec 2010 - 12:00am
The weekend's international trial races - sorry but it still seems more appropriate than the thoroughly unimaginative Jockey Club Mile, Cup, Sprint etc - did their job to set up the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races next month ahead of today's announcement of the invited runners.24 Nov 2010 - 12:00am
A small but select book of rides for Brett Prebble has snuck under the guard of Jockey Club fixed-odds makers, and the 'King of the Valley' was last night posted as a $11 chance to win the Jockey Challenge.8 Sep 2010 - 12:00am
Sunday's favourite-fest will doubtless have been welcomed by the wider punting audience after enduring something of a dry run in March, but further investigation shows favourite bettors are not exactly having a boom season.24 Mar 2010 - 12:00am
Oddsmakers are forecasting an end to Ben So Tik-hung's domination of the Happy Valley Jockey Challenge and leading rider Brett Prebble looks the man to beat.
Arch-rivals Douglas Whyte and Prebble were posted the equal favourites last night at 4.50, ahead of Jeff Lloyd at 5.50, but it gets wider after that and reflects the openness of the night's competition.17 Mar 2010 - 12:00am
Ah, the glories of fixed-odds bookmaking.
Most punters dream of being bookmakers, believing that all the cards are in the hand of the other side. We've met plenty of successful business people around the world who have had a dabble at calling the odds thinking it easy money, only to find that it wasn't quite that simple and tossing it in rather than being eaten alive.27 Jan 2010 - 12:00am
Brett Prebble has the right book to go back-to-back in the Jockey Challenge after being heavily backed as clear winner in the Happy Valley contest on Wednesday night.10 Jan 2010 - 12:00am