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Despite never walking away from a challenge, even the fiercely competitive Douglas Whyte would admit that winning a thirteenth consecutive Jockeys Premiership is an impossible task.

Then again, perhaps it’s not a priority for him anymore compared to adding to his CV by spreading his net and winning International Group 1 races as he did on Hong Kong International Day.

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For all he has done as a jockey for Hong Kong racing, what could be more fitting than for the HKJC to present the champion jockey with a special award at the end of this season for his incredible accomplishments including winning twelve consecutive Jockey Premierships and being the consummate professional that he is- on and off the track?

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Even those who might not be fans of Whyte would be extremely petty and callous not to applaud this superb athlete who has done Hong Kong racing proud and is SURELY eligible for the Guinness Book Of World Records for those twelve consecutive Premierships which will never ever be duplicated.

Why Dougie Whyte isn’t in the Guinness Book Of World Records when that doyen of Hong Kong radio- “Uncle” Ray Cordeiro is- and who was even awarded an MBE- is quite mind-boggling.

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Surely, this can only further enhance the image of Hong Kong racing and those connected with it being the best in the world?

While we’re at it, why allow the government to take all the credit for what the HKJC Charities have given- and continue to give- this city and which many Hong Kong Belongers are either clueless about, have forgotten or take for granted?

The HKJC Charities is a very strong weapon in the HKJC’s arsenal and if, we’re “Racing For Charity”- sorry, but seeing this line on the totalizator board is daft- let’s not shy away from the facts and all the accomplishments that will resonate with the racing and non-racing public plus the mainstream media.

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A quarter page advertorial hardly does these accomplishments justice.

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