Champion jockey Douglas Whyte spent a wet afternoon at Happy Valley yesterday polishing up his form with a treble in advance of taking on the world's best riders at the International Jockeys' Championship on Wednesday night. 'The Demon' put his stamp on the Valley meeting early with wins on Lombard and Super Elite in the opening races and added Dandy Bunny later to make it three. With Felix Coetzee and Eddie Lai making up the full home team, Whyte spearheads the Hong Kong side hoping to repel the best from Europe, the United States, Japan and Australasia in the Jockeys' Championship as part of International Week and will line up in the peak of form. In fact, Whyte looked like making it the first three races when Magic Win led for home by several lengths in the third but was run down by Mega-Fighter. Despite maiden status after 15 starts, Lombard was a hot favourite in the opening event and gave his backers no cause for concern at any point after Whyte used his good draw to tag speedster Amity into the straight. As usual Amity moved off the rail, leaving a gap for Lombard and Whyte made no mistake, coming through the inside to win and set the pattern for a meeting where the rail was king and no horse won drawn outside barrier five all day. 'Well, that was his race and I would have been quite disappointed if he hadn't broken through today,' said Lombard's trainer, John Moore. 'It was certainly an easier race than the other day behind Flying Champion and Douglas used his gate and the horse's speed well.' Whyte's riding had plenty to do with the second winner, too, as Francis Lui Kin-wai-trained Super Elite was again well backed and managed to justify the support this time, unlike his 12th of 14 runners on the dirt at Sha Tin last time. 'I don't know whether he handled the all-weather last start or not but somebody sure had a big bet on him there,' said Lui. 'I think he probably benefited today by dropping in class and I have to say the jockey did a good job. He didn't go too fast in the lead and he gave the horse a rest in the back straight during the middle of the race. It was a nice ride.' Alex Wong Siu-tan has had a particularly slow start to the season but is coming back strongly now. In the sixth event, Dandy Bunny gave the trainer his third winner in the past week and a half after a change in tactics to suit the conditions. With winners on the speed throughout the day, Wong asked Whyte to have the gelding much closer to the speed than his usual late-finishing style. 'You cannot get back in the field and win today and the horse was drawn well,' said Wong. 'I felt the horse had improved since his last run and asked Douglas to put him closer in the run and give him a chance on this track.' Whyte followed instructions to the letter, bringing Dandy Bunny into a strong striking position in the run past the 600 metres and when the field straightened the gelding was in the unaccustomed position of having just two horses in front of him. 'I don't think it was the wet track today which helped him win,' Wong said. 'But he has gained in fitness and he was ridden perfectly.' Not to be outdone, Felix Coetzee also gave notice he was right on song for the International Jockeys' Championship, making no mistake on strongly backed Noble Boy in the fourth contest. Coetzee picked the track to a nicety and had Noble Boy racing kindly outside the leader early before sending him clear in a one-act affair. The rapidly improving four-year-old scored well over the same track and distance at his second start for Tony Millard and on that occasion the trainer said that he felt one more low grade win might see Noble Boy reach his limits. 'He's won well again there today and maybe he could win again in this form,' Millard said, although he warned the soft ground might have flattered Noble Boy's 3.5-length margin of victory. 'I think he might have been helped by this going. If you watch him, he has a fairly high knee action, quite a round gait, so he's the type of horse which might be assisted by give in the ground. Still, he's gone up eight pounds from his last win and done the job well again.' Noble Boy is entered for a race at the International Jockeys' Championship meeting on Wednesday night and Millard said his intention was to back the horse up. 'Provided he comes through today's run all right, yes, he will start again there,' he said.