The history of jockey championships in the professional era has been one of the dominance of the few but there was no getting around Douglas Whyte's emergence in 2004-05 season as the most dominant of all. He eclipsed Gary Moore's record expatriate tally of 693 winners and, in taking his fifth championship on end, also erased Moore's record of four straight titles. Though he was left hanging two short of his season's century, Whyte posted Hong Kong win number 700. The mountains still before him are Tony Cruz's 946 race wins, and the seven career championships won by Moore and by Basil Marcus, and perhaps Whyte would not look unkindly on a year when more big races fall into place. Faultless Felix Coetzee gave valiant chase, finishing second on the ladder for the first time, and rode 81 winners to improve his personal best by 17 and finished the term within sight of his own 500-win mark. But it was the performances of 'new boys' Olivier Doleuze and Anthony Delpech which underwrote the season's performances. Doleuze enjoyed his first full-season licence, won the opening race of the season and went on to fully justify the Jockey Club's decision last year to give him a second chance after a cocaine positive in 2003. The Frenchman's worthy place as a top flight jockey was rivalled by his champagne exuberance and showmanship in a Hong Kong scene which had become quite flat in so many other ways. Unassuming Delpech, too, was fortunate to be here after a fair-but-uninspiring 2003-04 and no licence in the original draft, only to gain a late call-up when a stable retainer was shelved. He didn't look back, topping 50 winners and collecting a swag of big events in his association with Vengeance Of rain. In addition, Craig Williams was entitled to an honourable mention, not only riding with verve and distinction but, according to stewards, providing the season's only hint of scandal. Williams managed 35 wins despite losing more than a quarter of the season in unusual circumstances - the first six meetings suspended for failing to inform stewards of an injury to his right shoulder, he then copped a record 16 fixture-ban when stewards took exception to his tactics aboard Trust Me in March and put him out for a running and handling charge.