Douglas Whyte hopes Ivy is in a League of his personal: ‘The penny has finally dropped’ | HK Racing newsfragment


Douglas Whyte hopes Ivy League can kick on in Wednesday evening’s Magnificence 3 Fife Handicap (1,650m) at Satisfied Valley next the galloper recorded his first win in Hong Kong previous this presen.

With no positioned try to his title from 11 begins in Hong Kong, Ivy League were given off the mark over the prolonged mile on the town circuit on October 11, aided via a daring mid-race travel from jockey Keagan de Melo.

The four-year-old has the good thing about gate one in Wednesday’s match, and Whyte believes his speedster can proceed his upwards trajectory.

“These northern hemisphere horses take a bit of time to settle in, but I think the penny has finally dropped with him,” Whyte stated.

Ivy League made six pre-import appearances for Irish handler Aidan O’Brien, successful two races over a mile ahead of failing to fireside in final yr’s Team One Irish 2000 Guineas (1,600m) and Team One Prix du Jockey Membership (2,100m).

Nearest arriving in Hong Kong in August final yr, Ivy League began triple-figure odds in his first 5 begins and had dropped 16 issues within the scores ahead of hanging at Satisfied Valley.

“I’m looking forward to running him on Wednesday,” Whyte stated. “He has been a bit wayward and dumb, but he’s a big horse who’s taken time to adjust to Hong Kong.”

Amongst his fighters in Wednesday’s match are last-start winner Outgate and the unexposed Sit back Chibi, who makes his go back up in grade.

Whyte saddles seven runners on the midweek assembly, with unbeaten Brazilian import Gameplayer Elite having his first run for the strong within the Magnificence 3 Hing Yip Handicap (1,200m).

“It will be good to see him go around the Valley. I think he may need his first race, but he’s a lovely horse going forward,” Whyte stated.

Nearest recording a 10-length win over 800m on debut at Taruma, Gameplayer Elite adopted up with commanding victories over 1,000m at Cidade Jardim and 1,100m again to Taruma.

Since becoming a member of Whyte’s strong, Gameplayer Elite has been an eye-catcher in two Conghua barrier trials, one in the back of Team One Hong Kong Dash (1,200m) hero Wellington and the alternative contemporary Magnificence 3 winner Invincible Sage.

“He’s had two really promising trials,” Whyte stated. “He did have a few complications, but he’s sound now, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Gameplayer Elite’s fighters on Wednesday come with hat-trick seeker Fortunate Archangel and last-start winner Denfield.

Sitting on seven wins from 85 runners this season, Whyte has Elevated Knight representing him within the Magnificence 3 Cheong Wan Handicap (1,000m). A seven-time placegetter in his presen 9 begins, Elevated Knight discovered handiest Heroic Grasp too sturdy on his original day trip, and Whyte expects every other excellent appearing from the galloper

“He’s been a model of consistency, and he gets seven pounds off his back now,” Whyte stated. “The handicapper hasn’t missed him, and he’s kept creeping up consistently. I’ve opted for the seven pounds off with Angus [Chung Yik-lai] riding so let’s hope that does the trick.”

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