Douglas Whyte is fast-developing a reputation as a trainer capable of preparing young horses for early success and this Sunday (1 March) at Sha Tin three of his brightest prospects will take centre stage as they look to snap a “slow three weeks” for the stable.
“Every stable goes through that, every jockey goes through that and I remember it when I was riding,” Whyte said.
“A lot of our horses have caught up to their rating while some of our young horses are now ready to get going, but the patch has happened and now I’m ready to get back to winning races.”
Whyte, a legend of the Hong Kong jockeys’ room with 13 championships and 1,813 wins to his name, is currently sixth in the trainer’s premiership with 25 wins. The South African enjoyed a red hot two months across December and January with 15 wins before momentum slowed in February.
“I couldn’t be happier with my season, I’ve got some lovely horses as well as some untested horses at the moment – so I’m waiting for those to get out on the track,” Whyte said.
Sunday’s team of nine is spearheaded by young guns Inner Flame (129lb), Farhh Above (133lb) and Super Wealthy (123lb), the trio take their place in each of the final three races on the card with Alexis Badel booked to ride all three. The French ace’s short-term contract comes to a close this weekend.
That trio of horses has reaped seven wins from 10 starts between them, earning a mouth-watering HK$5,467,755 in the process, a figure they will look to build on this Sunday.
Inner Flame (129lb) is the first on show, tackling the Class 3 Kwai Shing Handicap (1200m) where the Zoustar gelding will aim to extend his unblemished record to four.
“He’s got to improve in order to be competitive with his rating now – ratings don’t lie and the handicapper knows that, so he’s going to have to improve to fill those shoes,” Whyte said.