By Hans Ebert
When Douglas Whyte rode the first winner of the day at Sha Tin yesterday, it was one of those moments in time that made my mind wander. It was a lowly Class 5 event, but it was a reminder of not only everything Douglas Whyte has accomplished as a Group 1 winning jockey, but everything he has seen and quietly carries with him along with the way he has always conducted himself- with great professionalism. It’s a quiet dignity from a class act.
So, with the twentieth anniversary of The Handover being on July 1, when it came to asking someone to name their top 20 champion Hong Kong horses, the first person that came to mind was Douglas Whyte, the winner of the Hong Kong Jockey Premiership for thirteen consecutive years- a record that will stand forever- and who has ridden for the legend that was trainer Ivan Allan, plus David Hayes, John Size, John Moore,Tony Cruz and many others.