Douglas Whyte: jockey salutes Sha Tin crowd after sixth winner
Record winners haul delights jockey Whyte
Report: Hong Kong, Sunday
The Chairman's Trophy (HKG2) 8f, turf, 3yo+
ON A day when jockey Douglas Whyte equalled the Hong Kong record with an extraordinary six winners on the card, Packing Whiz laid down a marker for next month's Champions Mile with an authoritative display in the Chairman's Trophy.
The remorseless Whyte moved nine winners clear of closest pursuer in his quest for a 13th successive championship as he matched the six-timer piloted by Brett Prebble at Happy Valley in June 2010.
Three of the South African's winners came for John Size who himself greeted four winners on the 11-race programme to move further ahead in the trainers' standings.
Whyte then bookended meeting with wins for John Moore and also won a Class 5 contest for Peter Ng.
"Fantastic! I've wanted to do it for a long time. Good on Brett, he did it before me but we share the record now and it's been part of something that I've wanted to close the chapter on for a long time," Whyte said.
Whyte's full book of rides also featured three placed finishes and he would have had seven winners had the inexperienced Brave Brother not proved difficult to the ride earlier in the meeting, a failing that left the jockey with a careless riding suspension.
"He didn't know what he was doing and I couldn't ride him properly from hanging but I'm looking at the bright side, I've had six winners and a fantastic day. I'm hungry and I'm up for anything now. My confidence has increased and I'm riding better than ever - and I'm getting support from everyone," he added.
In the Group 2 feature Packing Whiz really looked the part under jockey Brett Prebble on his first run for the Caspar Fownes stable to suggest he will be a major player in the Group 1 Champions Mile on May 5.
The former Italian Guineas winner when he raced as Al Rep won a local Group 3 earlier in the season and looked a major contender for honours at December's international meeting at Sha Tin but could only finish fifth in the Longines Hong Kong Mile and was later scoped with a substantial amount of blood in his trachea.
Soon after he returned an identical scope on his next outing in the Stewards' Cup in January he left John Moore's team to join Fownes who can take credit for a career best performance defeating Irish imports Dan Excel and Pure Champion with a lethal burst of acceleration from the tail of the field. Last year's Hong Kong Derby hero Fay Fay ran fourth after a wide passage with dual Champions Mile winner Xtension beaten fair and square into fifth.
"It's nice to see him win like that first time for the yard and we'll aim him at the Champions' Mile next. It's an exciting effort first up and exciting for the yard and we'll look forward to taking on Glorious Days in the Mile - we didn't really open him up there," said Fownes.