Douglas Whyte is looking to close a tough week on a high at Sha Tin on Saturday after the handler lost one of his most promising gallopers in Farhh Above to a colic attack on Monday.
Whyte was left shell-shocked, admitting Farhh Above’s death had hit him hard after recently having the four-year-old on the road to recovery from a spate of leg injuries.
The son of Farhh showed unquestionable talent in his brief career, highlighted by a miraculous win in January where he stormed home from last to win in Class Three company.
“What Farhh Above did in his first start for me, not many horses can do that. He turned it on,” Whyte said.
“It was very, very unfortunate what happened. I just got him back galloping a couple of times, he was due to trial in three weeks.
“[The colic] came on quickly and fortunately the vets were there in quick time and got him to the clinic but as everyone knows, sometimes these cases just don’t pull through.
“He had his problems when he came, he had a couple of chips and those kind of things so we got those fixed up and he was on his way. We were very patient with him so it is sad for the owners.”
After the shock of Farhh Above’s sudden death, Whyte is looking for a change of luck with another of his promising gallopers.
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Super Wealthy returns to racing in the Class One Panasonic Cup (1,400m) on Saturday and the trainer is hoping his Australian import can hit the reset button.
Super Wealthy showed all the qualities of a top horse when reeling off three wins in four starts last season, but he has been stopped in his tracks this term by what Whyte describes as two “luckless” runs.
“He hasn’t had the best introduction back this season,” he said. “He closed last season off in tremendous form and he had a few unlucky runs this time, to say the least.
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“The first time he got into a speed battle and I thought he still ran with a lot of credit. Then dropping back in distance he had no luck in the straight and he was a victim of ordinary circumstances.”
After his second start in September, Whyte opted to back off the five-year-old and give him a short break, which he believes has done him the world of good.
“I thought this race with a light weight, where the speed should be on [would suit him] because it usually is in these type of races he gets his chance to perform the way I think he can,” he said.
“I have been doing a lot of work in the morning with him, getting him among horses and then in the trial the other day it was there for everybody to see, he got behind horses and finished off nicely.
“He is still a work in process as far as racing manners go, only because he had a bad introduction this season.
“If that hadn’t happened to him he would have been on his way, but I had to restart him and do things backwards.”
Whyte also has Smart Wongchoy, Speed Force, Harmony Spirit, Thinkin’ Big, Vincy and Entrusted racing on Saturday.