Douglas Whyte is fast developing a reputation as a trainer well capable of readying young prospects for early success.
The South African has 56 horses in his stable, 27 of which were unraced in Hong Kong prior to today’s (21 December) pre-Christmas Sha Tin meeting, and, following on the heels of Will Power’s first-up win seven days ago, the rookie handler delivered Inner Flame and Xponential for step-out victories.
“It’s ticking over nicely,” Whyte said. “I’ve indicated for a while now that it was going to be exciting when my new ones step out and they’re all running races that I would have expected them to have. If a couple of them hadn’t run like they have I’d be disappointed because they are showing me pretty good work in the mornings.”
Inner Flame, race favourite at odds of 2.2, set the ball rolling in section two of the Class 4 Ho Sheung Heung Handicap (1200m).
“It gives you a good feeling when they win like that, the work that you put in it pays off,” Whyte said after the four-year-old’s two-length score.