12th Oct 2019
Relentless Me’s win at Sha Tin on Saturday was a pairing of two men who have had a strong hand in Price Bloodstock’s Hong Kong winners over the years, as jockey Joao Moreira rode his first winner for first-season trainer Douglas Whyte.
As a champion jockey, Whyte was onboard many of Price Bloodstock’s more than 600 Hong Kong winners – and even rode Relentless Me early in the gelding’s career – but it was as trainer that he made his contribution to the latest Price Blodstock winner this time.
“I think the key to him is that he likes to be a little bit fresh,” Whyte said as Relentless Me scrambled in for his fourth win in Hong Kong and took his prizemoney past $3.5 million. “First-up, I had done a little less with him than my other runners but he ran well for second. He was fitter today, he let down and he showed a bit of tenacity when the second horse came at him. He really stuck his neck out and he wanted to win today.”
Relentless Me had worn blinkers in some of his earliest starts but spent all of last season without them and Whyte has put the headgear back on.
“He used to be keen in the race and then didn’t really hit the line,” he explained. “I put blinkers on him to make him focus and they have done just that.”
But one former champion jockey was also keen to give credit to a perfect ride from Moreira, who has also ridden a swathe of winners for Price Bloodstock clients.
“It’s beautiful, it’s just lovely to watch it,” Whyte said. “Rides like that win you races and that’s why he’s one of the best.”