Douglas Whyte arrived too late to claim the World Super Jockeys' Series in Japan last weekend but the Durban Demon looks right in the mix as he strives to become the first three-time winner of the Cathay Pacific International Jockeys' Championship tomorrow night. Whyte carried on his brilliant form to win the final race of the four-series event in Hanshin, but fell three points short of France's champion jockey, Ioritz Mendizabal, in finishing second. Whyte is one of several riders to have won the event more than once, but he will break new ground if he can make it three. Back on his home ground at Happy Valley, he has coincidence working for him after drawing John Moore-trained Rewarding Star in the final leg of the three-race contest. 'Last year I won the first leg on Champion Lad for John and that set up my win. The way his horses are firing at the moment, there is a real plus in getting on anything from John's yard. Rewarding Star drew out [wide] the other night and still ran well and, from a better gate this time, I'm thinking he's a pretty decent ride,' Whyte said. 'And the one in the middle leg for [trainer]Peter Ho, Royal Portrait, looks like he will appreciate the 1,800m. I won the race he ran in the last week on Speedy Warrior and Royal Portrait got outsprinted in the slow tempo but ran on well at the finish. 'As we know, half the battle at Happy Valley is drawing a barrier so I've had some luck there with all three drawn low.' As usual, however, Whyte expects it to be a close-fought event. 'It usually goes down to the wire and I'm looking at the good rides that some of the other guys have got, like Damien Oliver and Christophe Lemaire and Jamie Spencer, and I know there's going to be a good spread of points like there always is,' Whyte said. Top American jockey Garrett Gomez flew in yesterday looking forward to a different challenge in tomorrow night's clash of the best, which will be a first for him. 'Normally my schedule is too busy to participate in these kinds of things, but I'm riding Out Of Control for Bob Frankel in the Cup on Sunday so it fits into my plans this time,' Gomez said. It won't be the first time Gomez has ridden in Hong Kong as he partnered Blair's Cove and Slew The Slewor in the International Cup and Bowl in 1991, both finishing unplaced. 'I was pretty young then, but it was quite an experience,' he said. 'I did see Happy Valley during that visit and thought it was kind of an odd-shaped track, but I'm really looking forward to riding it on Wednesday.' Gomez rides Classa Supreme, Harry Harry and Nilometer tomorrow night, with Classa Supreme and Harry Harry sharing the formline of having won races in the jockeys' series in past years.