GO BACK 12 months and three-time Hong Kong champion jockey Douglas Whyte was talking about cloning so he could ride all of the mounts he is offered each race rather than just one. Barely two months into the new term, the Durban Demon appeared to at least have managed to find a couple of doubles - double the wins of the next-best rider, double the next-best prize money tally. And double the hunger to ensure the 2003-04 championship was not going to keep anyone lying awake pondering the end result. In September, Whyte broke from the gates like an Olympic 100-metre star, set up an unassailable gap on the field before anyone else heard the gun, with his place in the champion awards bought and paid. It was vintage Whyte. Work harder, ride better, and do whatever you can to get on the best winning chances. Not everyone loves the idea of a jockey jumping on and off horses, but Whyte's focus is the championship, and that is how it is won. There were the usual grumbling conspiracy theories that follow outstanding success in any field, but then there never was anything sexy about success built on hard work and skill. Again, Whyte drew clear in the dying stages, extending his margin over the last two months as he had done for the previous three seasons. Each of these championships looks easy in the record books, but while easy is not the adjective Whyte would use, his year's title really was never in doubt, and only his chase to be the first rider to top 100 wins in a season held any interest in the jockeys' race. Perhaps for some years his profile at racing's top level has suffered for his championship ambitions, but he did manage a Group One this year - winning the Classic Mile. Late last season, he was celebrating 500 Hong Kong wins. By June this year, it was win number 600. At the current tempo, Whyte will pass the Hong Kong career total of fellow South African Basil Marcus.