CHAMPION jockey Douglas Whyte claimed the title for a 10th straight season in the most unlikely of places at Happy Valley last night - sitting out the action as Brett Prebble's last chance to dethrone him ticked past.

ALAN AITKEN reports in the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST that in racing terms, the 2009-10 title was a race in which Whyte missed the jump, worked his way through the field, then took a severe check or two at the top of the straight, but finally arrived as the winner on an anti-climactic winless night.

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.

AN inspired Brett Prebble rampaged through Happy Valley like a man clubbing baby seals yesterday as he shook the meeting by the neck to claim a unique piece of history for himself, a share of it for trainer Caspar Fownes and left Douglas Whyte's championship fightback a bloodied mess.

ALAN AITKEN reports in the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST that Prebble became the first jockey to win six races on a single programme in Hong Kong's racing history, combining for five of them with Fownes, who landed one other to become only the second trainer ever to saddle up six winners.

An International Group 1 victory has again eluded local champion sprinter Rocket Man when Hong Kong visitor Green Birdie took out the $1 million KrisFlyer International Sprint over 1200m on Sunday.

The local champion was brave with his second placing behind the Hong Kong galloper but that elusive win at International Group 1 level still awaits.

HONG Kong Jockey Club stewards have cleared Darren Beadman's ride on Collection in the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup after concluding an adjourned inquiry by taking evidence from trainer John Moore.

Alan Aiken reports in the South China Morning Post that stewards investigated Beadman's riding of the odds-on favorite for the HK$14 million race, particularly over the final 100m.

JOCKEY Darren Beadman's ride on beaten odds-on favourite Collection in the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup in Hong Kong on Sunday faces further scrutiny after stewards opened then adjourned an inquiry which also revealed the star gelding had blood in the trachea after his final training gallop eight days before the race.

Alan Aiken reports in the South China Morning Post that after reviewing video replays of the meeting, chief steward Kim Kelly "believed it was appropriate to question Beadman regarding his ride, particularly over the final 100 metres".

THE evergreen Viva Pataca became the highest money earner in the history of Hong Kong racing when he scored a stunning win in the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday.

The win was an 18th career victory for the John Moore trained eight-year-old; his 13th win in Hong Kong; his 8th Group 1; his second in this race and took his total prize-money earnings to HK$80,232,500 eclipsing the HK$75,410,500 mark set by the 2005 APQEII cup winner Vengeance Of Rain.


A DISTINCT air of confidence mixed with a degree of guarded optimism pervaded the connections of the leading protagonists for this Sunday’s Audemars Piguet QEII Cup and Champions Mile after the barrier draws were revealed for the international Gr.1 double header.

Presvis, for example, the defending champion of APQEII Cup, is said to be in “mint condition” and “as good as last year” according to Charlie Henson, travelling head lad to trainer Luca Cumani, having this week touched down from Dubai.

NOT sure if horses are eligible for Cathay Pacific's Asia Miles program but if so then Dao Dao has certainly chalked up some points in the past three years. Perhaps his connections should see if they can redeem them!

The six-year-old gelding has undertaken his third trip from Sydney to Hong Kong to contest Sunday’s Champions Mile at Sha Tin for the third year running, having finished 8th in 2008 and third, beaten only a head, last year.

THE fields for the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup and the Champions Mile at Sha Tin in Hong Kong on Sunday, April 25, reflect the established prestige of both events and their growing stature on the international racing calendar.

“I’m delighted at the high quality of the selected runners for both events,” said William A. Nader, Executive Director of Racing for the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

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