SEVEN days after last rites were called on Douglas Whyte's 10th straight jockeys' championship, the casket lid was tossed aside by the Durban Demon and he emerged from gloomy Sha Tin on Sunday with a five-timer that brought the title race back to life.

ALAN AITKEN reports in the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST Brett Prebble had nothing in return as Whyte slashed the Australian's championship lead back to four wins, seven days after Prebble's six at Happy Valley created history and looked to put the job beyond him.

"That's awesome - I've been waiting for a big day like this and thought I had the ammunition on paper today but they still have to get there and do it," Whyte said after winning on Entrapment, Showtime and Enhanced for John Size and adding the Tony Cruz-trained All Time High and John Moore's Final Answer for good measure.

"It's hard but I'm a fighter. Brett is in the best position, sure, and I probably need another big day like this to have any chance of winning it but I love competition and I will go right down to the final day."

The five-win haul left the championship equation for Whyte and Prebble at 92-96, with 48 races still to be contested.

Whyte's combination with Size has been his vital weapon in trying to run down Prebble, who has led for most of the season, and even as the term draws near to a close, the yard produced yet another outstanding newcomer in final race, Enhanced.

"His trials have been good and I've felt every time I've been on him that he has improved a little bit each time," said Whyte.

"But trials, as we see so often, are very different to races and it's nice to see him deliver on race day. Enhanced was probably a little closer than I wanted to be - I'd seen his tapes from Australia and he probably wants to sit back a bit further off them - but that was the way things worked out.

"It was pretty tight and he had the opportunity to spit the dummy if he wanted to but instead he took the gap when it presented itself and let down very solidly. Still green, but he could have a nice future next season."

Even Size was impressed, and that doesn't often happen.

"There were plenty of good gallopers in that race today and he has treated them with contempt," said Size after the 3-1/2-length Class Three romp.

"You can't do more than that at your first start in Hong Kong. That was pretty impressive. I don't know if he'll run again this season - that was a big win and we'll see how he pulls up after it and whether he's taken any harm."