SOUTH African born Douglas Whyte on Saturday joined a growing group of Hong Kong-based jockeys who have tasted feature success abroad after winning his first Australian Group One, the Kingston Town Classic in Perth.
Whyte got the Chris Waller-trained Moriarty home for a last-stride victory, joining Zac Purton (Caulfield Cup, George Main Stakes), Joao Moreira (Epsom Handicap, Coolmore Stud Stakes) and Olivier Doleuze (Santa Anita Sprint Championship) as Hong Kong riders to win overseas Group One races this season.
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“It feels terrific,” Whyte said. “It’s been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, ride a Group One winner in Australia, and I have to thank Chris Waller and the connections for affording me the opportunity.”
The 13-time Hong Kong champion jockey had previously teamed with Waller in the Caulfield Cup, riding seventh-placed Junoob, and was called on to replace the suspended Nash Rawiller on Moriarty.