Whyte set to guide Cape Of Good Hope to glory at Flemington Five-times premier jockey Douglas Whyte (pictured) will be the surprise new rider for Cape Of Good Hope when the warhorse sets out to defend his crown as the inaugural champion of the Global Sprint Challenge in 15 days. Cape Of Good Hope added more frequent flier points to an already-bulging account when he jetted into Melbourne on Tuesday to prepare for the Group One Lightning Stakes at Flemington on February 4. Trainer David Oughton had been fielding a number of offers from top Australian riders for the mount, and had actually asked former Hong Kong club jockey Craig Williams, who's currently in second place on the Melbourne jockeys' premiership, to take the Lightning mount. 'Craig wasn't able to make a commitment straight away because he didn't know what David Hayes would be running, so I had a talk with Douglas about the idea and he was keen,' Oughton said. 'The only thing that has to happen to make it final is for Douglas to get a visa, but I couldn't imagine that would be a problem.' Oughton said Cape Of Good Hope was running true to form, having taken the nine hour flight to Melbourne like the veteran of long-distance travel that he is. 'He didn't lose any weight, he's eating and drinking well, and seems to be in good form,' Oughton said. 'I'm going to fly down to check on him on Monday, and will watch him work on Tuesday morning. Then the following Tuesday, we'll take him over to Flemington for his major piece of work before the Lightning.' Last year, Cape Of Good Hope ran third to the outstanding three-year-olds Fastnet Rock and Alinghi in the Lightning Stakes, when ridden by Michael Kinane. He received some mid-race interference when broadsided by an erratic rival but picked himself up and ran on well to be beaten only 11/4 lengths. The 'Cape Crusader' then stormed to victory in the Australia Stakes over 1,200 metres at Moonee Valley at his next start, becoming only the second Hong Kong-trained horse (after Fairy King Prawn) to win a Group One race on foreign soil. Later in the year, he also won the Golden Jubilee Stakes over 1,200m at York in England, and the double points scored for away victories in the Global Sprint Challenge races ensured he was a runaway winner of the series even with two races to be decided. Hong Kong-trained sprinters ended up dominating the Global Sprint Challenge series, with the great Silent Witness brilliantly taking final leg, the Group One Sprinters' Stakes at Nakayama on October 2. In that race, Cape Of Good Hope ran one of his few ordinary races, coming in 11th after being run off his feet by the breakneck pace established up front by Japan's Calstone Light O. Cape Of Good Hope has an incredible record in international races. He has now contested 11 of them and has finished in the first four in all races bar that one Japan event. He's won two, finished second once, third five times and fourth twice. Cape Of Good Hope has not raced since his slightly disappointing fifth in the domestic whitewash of the Hong Kong Sprint on December 11, behind Natural Blitz, Planet Ruler, Able Prince and Country Music. The eight-year-old will again remain in Melbourne for the Timbercorp Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley, to be decided on February 18. His return flight to Hong Kong is booked for February 20.