If Douglas Whyte is an optimist, he will be thinking that the upside of his 23-start losing streak is conspiracy theorists looking for newer targets after they had been calling for measures to reduce his dominance a couple of weeks ago. Whyte vaguely recalls racking up some 40 straight losses at one stage of his Hong Kong career - a record he is keen to leave intact - but a glance back over his last six years shows that there is at least one dry run a season of the current magnitude, and two would not be unusual. The exception was 2002-03, when Whyte went no more than 15 rides without a win, but his worst streak in the previous season was 29 and the South African had previously been winless for 34 mounts (1999-2000). The changes being considered to rules governing jockeys are still in the pipeline, though, with the Jockey Club's Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges at pains to explain that they were never intended to handicap Whyte. They will be aimed at the de facto retainerships currently in place, whereby certain jockeys are clearly designated stable riders but the cost of their housing, etc, is borne by the Jockey Club rather than the stable owners because they are on Club licences. The details have yet to be fully developed but will need to be formulated quickly as the club hopes to have the new measures in place by the time the next new jockeys are announced later this month. Quite likely is a scheme to limit the number of rides a Club jockey can have for any one stable on a programme - possibly to as few as three - the irony of which is that it could play into Whyte's hands. Whyte doesn't have a concentration of rides from one or two yards, sourcing them from just about every yard and winning for most during a year. On the other hand, his main rivals Shane Dye and Felix Coetzee and, to a much lesser extent, Gerald Mosse, source their rides and wins from a single major stable and they will be the jockeys most affected - unless those stables then offer them retainers. This season, more than 63 per cent of Coetzee's rides and 80 per cent of his wins have been for Tony Cruz, while Shane Dye's duties for John Size have taken up more than 71 per cent of his mounts and 84 per cent of his winners.