Accustomed to the stratospheric heights of Hong Kong racing as a 13-time champion jockey, Douglas Whyte savoured one of his sweetest moments as a trainer when Mister Snowdon delivered on meticulous planning to win the Class 2 Ip Jug Handicap (1400m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (4 July).
Whyte identified Sunday’s feature as the objective for 78-rater Mister Snowdon after the talented British import’s strong Happy Valley trial and luckless debut on 13 June – and his instinct proved decisive.
On a day when Joao Moreira rocketed past the 150-win milestone for the third time in the Brazilian’s burnished Hong Kong career, Whyte bristled with satisfaction.
“This one means a lot,” he said. “There have been a lot of disappointments, the Derby and those sorts of things on a very important day but when you nail one like this, it’s great.”
Owned by Michael Caddy, one of Whyte’s most loyal supporters as a jockey and trainer, Mister Snowdon was given a wonderful ride by apprentice Jerry Chau, leaving Whyte to reflect on Caddy’s support.
“I can only thank one person and that’s the owner, Mike Caddy – he’s never put a day’s pressure on me and I gave him (Mister Snowdon) one barrier trial and I gave him a race straight away, which is not my normal style,” Whyte said.