The Durban Demon ran out the winner of the Jockey Challenge before the final event as expected but, despite the early payout, backers spent most of the day wondering if it was ever going to be over. Whyte's outstanding book of rides was immediately under pressure when opening favourite Sichuan Hero suffered a heart irregularity and dropped out of contention soon after straightening, and first starter Aashiq was unable to earn points in fourth place before the Demon got on the score sheet with Fearless. More bad news soon followed when Energetic Boy was never a contender at short odds in the fourth but John Size's Appreciation put things right by keeping his record unbeaten in two starts in the fifth. That was the end of the winners for the South African, but once again his remarkable consistency told the tale, picking up second placings in races seven, eight and nine to put the contest finally to bed. Appreciation again looked a horse with a bit to learn in winning yesterday, this time with top weight of 133 pounds and Whyte said the burden had dulled the gelding's acceleration. 'And I was a bit closer on him this time than he was first-up, but when I went for him, he definitely felt the weight,' Whyte said. 'But he's a nice individual, he's going to get further and he really is doing what he's doing now just on sheer ability. There's a fair bit of improvement in him yet.' Size had a disappointing afternoon with just the lone win but it is all blue sky for Appreciation. 'He's been a bit green and he showed it again today, when Douglas went for him he was having a bit of a look around, so at least that tells you that there's some improvement there when he gets to know his job,' Size said. Fearless finally won a race at the 20th time of asking after arriving as a boom horse two years ago and showed more purpose than usual, according to Whyte. 'It's the first time I've ridden him that he really let down with some purpose, usually he's happy to throw in the towel,' he said. 'He did seem to be shirking a bit close to home but I guess he had done enough at that stage. He sprinted hard, broke 22 seconds with 133 pounds so he probably was bound to be feeling it by the end.'