Trainer Sean Woods yesterday said he would not be attending the public forum at Sha Tin tomorrow called for by champion jockey Douglas Whyte, and called on him to retract the statement released on Saturday night. Whyte issued a press statement on what he described as a 'whispering campaign' against him in Hong Kong racing circles, and specifically mentioned jockey Wendyll Woods and another rider Robbie Fradd as having 'made negative remarks about my success and failure' and trainer Sean Woods as holding 'similar grievances'. Whyte called on his critics to come forward at a press conference, which he has called for Sha Tin tomorrow morning, and make any allegations against or criticisms of him in a public forum. The South African asked his critics to present any evidence they might have and promised to answer such allegations and 'expose all the misconceptions and jealousy directed at me'. At no time has Whyte outlined the nature of the criticisms or allegations he believes to have been made, nor has he explained where or when they might have been aired, and both Sean Woods and Fradd expressed surprise. In a brief signed statement of his own yesterday, Woods said: 'I was amazed when I read Douglas Whyte's comments in his press release. I see Mr Whyte every morning and he has never said anything to me face to face regarding this matter. Mr Whyte is seriously misguided. He should retract his unprecedented statement and leave matters of racing control to the powers that be. 'Mr Whyte should be aware that he has publicly spoken about myself and two other individuals licensed by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. He would be wiser to seek better counsel.' Woods said he had no intention of attending Whyte's public press conference, but wished to make no further comment on the matter than that which was contained in his release. Hong Kong's champion rider in the 1999-2000 season, Fradd said yesterday he would not attend the press conference either, although he was unaware of either Whyte's release or Woods' response. 'I really don't know what Douglas Whyte is on about,' Fradd said. 'But if he has any problem with me, he knows exactly where my door is. He can always come and knock on it.' Fradd said he harboured no jealousy of Whyte's success and said it was not something to which he gave a lot of thought. 'Look, he works hard. If he is successful, he deserves it, but it makes no difference to me,' Fradd said. Jockey Wendyll Woods could not be contacted yesterday for comment.