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Hong Kong "Whitewash" No Certainty

Thursday, 10th January 2013

Although history suggests champion hoop Douglas Whyte will chalk-up his 'lucky' 13th straight Hong Kong premiership this season, Australia's Zac Purton looms in Whyte's rear-vision mirror as a "legitimate contender" and threatens to do what countless other elite jockeys have failed to achieve for over a decade – overtake him, reports racing.scmp.com. Industry pundits suggest a battle royale is in store between the man dubbed the "Durban Demon" and the "Whyte Pointer", as Purton has been anointed by fellow rider Michael Cox. Greats like Robbie Fradd, Shane Dye, Felix Coetzee, and most recently Brett Prebble (3 year's ago), have all gone close to unseating Whyte since he first took the Hong Kong crown in 2001, but none have finished the job. As in recent years, Whyte's chance of maintaining his dominance rests on the success of the John Size stable which supplies approximately 40% of the South African's rides, and which over the past 5 years alone has accounted for a hefty 43% of Whyte's winners. This Size-Whyte dominance may be diluted however by Purton's increasingly more fruitful allegiance with the Dennis Yip Chor-hong stable. Purton has already notched 8 winners (from 32 rides) for the trainer this season.

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