Champion jockey talks his way out of penalty and saves best for final race On a day that promised more than it delivered for champion rider Douglas Whyte, the highlight was away from the public eye as he donned his Perry Mason disguise in the stewards' room. Recently back from a 'holiday', the Durban Demon looked like another enforced spell might be in the offing after an incident after passing the 300 metres in the ninth on First Baby. Whyte was angling out of a tight spot behind Freebird and inside Super Dana when Brett Prebble's mount Alice Too ran out of room and all but came down. After a protracted hearing, stewards reported that there had been contributions to the incident by Rich For All and Super Dana, which allowed Whyte to escape penalty and the South African's day ended well. The last-race winner, the David Ferraris-trained Towering Feeling, made it five wins from nine attempts when he held on for another narrow success in the River Verdon Handicap (1,600m) after once again having to do some donkey-work up on the lead. 'The mile is a bit awkward for him at the moment because they can sometimes go a less-than-genuine gallop in them,' Whyte explained. 'At 1,400 metres, he's very effective because they run along and he can sit behind and chase and show that turn of foot he has. 'The mile is different. With no speed on, I've had to ride him positively but I didn't want Rice Field to cross me or I could have ended up in a bad position behind him. That meant that when I went for Towering Feeling he hit the front too early again, so it was a better win than it looked. When he gets to 1,800m, I think that will suit him better - he can sit back and he'll swallow them up.' Alas, there was only room for one Perry Mason effort - Anthony Delpech was not so fortunate after pleading guilty to careless riding on Super Surprise at the 1,100m in the fifth. He was banned for two days and fined $25,000, but will not commence the suspension until after the Happy Valley meeting on April 4. Viking Tor finally repaid the patience of all concerned with his Hong Kong maiden win in the Lucky Owners Handicap (1,200m) as the minor end of Brett Prebble's winning double. The David Hall-trained gelding had been a source of frustration since showing promise at his first local start in October 2005 but managed to climb back to form and overhaul Classa Supreme after a disappointing last-start effort. 'That was a bit out of character because he's mostly been there around the money since he's been here and that's half the problem - he'd just been frustrating,' said Hall. 'He'd run into some decent horses, drawn some bad gates but still managed to return a cheque more often than not. 'When he ran into Joy And Fun first-up this season, he was unlucky to bump a horse who is headed to Class One and they streeted the rest. I guess he was flattened by that and didn't perform last time. 'I didn't do a lot with him after it and fresher and back to 1,200m, the bottom line is that today he found a weaker race and a better draw than he normally has done.'