The army of Douglas Whyte fans may not have won the Christmas turkey yesterday, but those who were left with funds in their pockets by the time the 10th race was decided were given a vintage performance as a fitting reward for their loyalty. Whyte, a runaway leader as he relentlessly chases down his fourth title as Hong Kong's champion jockey, gave a flawless display to land British-bred three-year-old Dave's Best ($27) a winner by the smallest official margin - a nose - over Shane Dye's mount Palette Natural. While it was Whyte's sole winner from his full book of mounts, Dave's Best completed a double for sophomore trainer Dennis Yip Hor-chong, who had earlier welcomed back Prince Golf (Gerald Mosse) for his third win in the space of four starts in the fourth event. Whyte spoke very positively about Dave's Best, who has now won four of his nine runs and finished a gallant runner-up on three other occasions. 'Unlike a lot of the races today, they went a good gallop,' Whyte began. 'He was there, always in the right spot and possibly the short margin [nose] didn't tell the real story because he got to the front quite early and although he kept a strong gallop right down to the line, he did loaf a bit. 'If there had been another horse there, alongside him, he would have kicked back strongly. I'm sure there was a bit more there.' Whyte admitted having underestimated last year's upset winner of the Juvenile Championship as he continues his climb up the ratings. 'He keeps catching me out a bit, this horse. He keeps racing like he's just a good, consistent sort of horse but he keeps stepping up a notch every time he has to,' Whyte said. 'I would actually love to ride him back a bit further in a 2,000 metres race and that would let him really show the turn of foot he's got. But being ridden up close to the speed at the moment, he's happy enough and he's doing the job. So why change it?' Yip went for verbal economy when asked his reaction to the latest win of his progressive three-year-old. 'Very simple - he's a good horse. And he has a very good fighting heart,' Yip summed up. New Zealand-bred Prince Golf, a son of 1995 Hong Kong International Cup winner Romanee Contee, has not been quite as straightforward for Yip. 'When I got him from another trainer, he was not a happy horse,' Yip explained. 'So I started changing things around - working him different ways, just doing things differently in a bid to keep him happy. And I'll probably change some more things in the future, because that is how he likes it.' Prince Golf was given a flawless ride by Mosse, whose horsemanship in recent weeks has been par excellence. The Frenchman's exquisite balance helped Prince Golf fully extend in the final 200 metres and the winning margin (three-quarters of a length) understated the authority of the victory. Mosse had also won the opening race on Lucky Victories ($54.50) for Geoff Lane. 'He is a Class Five horse and today was his first run back in Class Five,' Mosse explained. 'The last time I rode him, he also won in Class Five [October 5]. But he surprised me a little, I did not think he would win quite as convincingly as that.'