IT HAS been a tough old time for former 13-time Hong Kong champion jockey Douglas Whyte with Joao Moreira on the scene.
South African born Whyte – known to racegoers as the Durban Demon – has won every big race in Hong Kong, ridden over 1000 winners and carried all before him. But times have changed.
Since Brazilian ‘Magic Man’ Moreira based himself in Hong Kong in 2014, and Zac Purton won the jockeys’ title for the first-time, Whyte has found it increasingly difficult to get on the best horses. His star is waning.
With only 40 winners to his name this season, it won’t be long before 46-year-old Whyte retires from the saddle, but he is still capable of producing the odd ‘gem’ which has seasoned racing fans reminiscing of the good old days.
On Sunday in Race 9 (10.10am) over 10f, Whyte teams up again with his old friend John Moore on ROCKETEER.
The combination tasted success over the track and trip last month, after Whyte lit the fuse in the home stretch and the combination exploded away from their rivals to win in impressive fashion.
The handicapper wasn’t happy, putting this ex-Australian three-year-old up 8lbs for that win, but having only raced four times in Hong Kong, there is only one way for this horse to go, and that is up.
With most of his opposition having had long seasons, or racing off their peak ratings, this is a chance for Whyte to go to bed on Sunday evening dreaming of future Group wins with Rocketeer next season.
Rocketeer (win) 10.10am Sha Tin