The early season form of South African ace Douglas Whyte and veteran trainer John Moore has been nothing short of exceptional, especially when considering the pair have managed to notch up more than a winner every three races with 34 wins between them from 91 races (37 per cent). It must be the best start to a season from any jockey or trainer in recollection. It has not been all plain sailing for Whyte though, who fell foul of the stewards late last month when fined $20,000 for not riding Telecom Babe out to the line. In addition, he was given a 'warning' for the ride on Prizes Treasure ($27 favourite) which was not considered 'up to his usual standards'. Perhaps it wasn't, but the reality is that Whyte has been in the best form of his career and virtually every ride has been indicative of why he is the leading jockey. However, it is a little mystifying that he should receive a warning for such a ride, particularly when he basically rode the horse well, and to instructions without any luck in the home straight. The fact that other riders decided to press forward and he may have been shuffled farther back than intended is no real fault of Whyte's. Even though he often rides with an uncanny foresight of where the openings are going to be, sometimes the breaks simply don't go your way. Just ask Felix Coetzee, who looked an unlucky loser aboard Citizen Kane in the National Day Cup (race 79). There is no doubt he would have won if the run had presented itself just a couple of strides earlier, but on a positive note Citizen Kane looks a legitimate contender for the Hong Kong Mile in December. The tempo clearly did not suit Elegant Fashion, who produced an outstanding performance to finish third. The effortless victory of Fortune Maple (race 72) over 1,200 metres on his first start for David Ferraris indicated he has improved significantly since joining the yard and there should be more to come. Favourite backers were let down with Lucky Marauding ($18) failing to win down the straight course (race 73) but there were positive signs and he is definitely looking for farther. Wyndam Power finished fourth in the same event and was doing his best work at the finish, suggesting he, too, can win in this grade over a longer trip. An excellent effort in defeat from Port Of Hope ($910) when he finished third to My Choice over 1,400 metres (race 75) made him one to follow next time. He is clearly looking for more distance and is the type who can string more than one win together. Much the same applies to stablemate Northern Rose, who finished fourth to Able Eagle over 1,200 metres (race 78). Mamouska was a noted firmer in the market and ran up to the support when caught in the shadows of the post by Chater Lane (race 76). With a lack of depth in stayers in class four he should be able to find a race in the imminent future. Cheerful Heart (99-1) was unwanted in the market following some lacklustre work but probably should have won given the amount of extra ground he covered when sitting at least four wide for most of the 1,400 metres journey (race 84). He looks a winner next time, particularly if a senior rider is aboard. Ones to note: Port Of Hope, Cheerful Heart, Wyndam Power.