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Douglas Whyte hangs up the silks

Steve Bennett in News 11 Feb 2019
  • Champion rider hangs up the boots
Douglas Whyte retires from riding

After 12,246 race rides (in Hong Kong), champion jockey Douglas Whyte rode his last race at Sha Tin on Sunday and has now officially retired.

The 47-year-old returned to scale for the last time at the conclusion of the last race at the Sha Tin track where his mount (Uncle Steve) finished fourth. 

He was greeted by a rousing reception of applause from the huge crowd who stayed long after the last race to bid their farewells and show their appreciation of a rider who’s achievements stand alone.

The South African born rider has set the bar very high for those jockeys still competing and it will take a huge effort to see Whyte’s records matched, let alone beaten.

23 seasons in Hong Kong saw Whyte salute the judge in first place on 1,813 occasions while his closest rival, Tony Cruz rode 946 winners in his time as a jockey.

During that time, he strung together an incredible 13-straight jockey premierships which in itself is a record that will stand for a long time to come.

His fellow jockeys gave him a big send off, one which he will remember for a long time.


The crowd were treated with some memorabilia of Whyte as he threw several of his shirts into the stands. 


Whyte will now focus on his next goal as he takes up a new career as a trainer.



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