Hong Kong great Douglas Whyte will receive a lifetime achievement award at the champion awards ceremony on Sunday.
The former rider-turned trainer is being honoured for his incredible career in the saddle, which saw him crowned Hong Kong’s champion jockey for 13 consecutive seasons from 2000-01 to 2012-13.
Whyte retired in February 2019 as the all-time leading rider in Hong Kong with 1813 race victories, his mounts having accrued more than HK$1.5 billion in prize money. He numbers the Hong Kong Cup (2000m), Hong Kong Mile (1600m) and Hong Kong Vase (2400m) among his several major Group 1 victories, as well as multiple wins in the Group 1 QEII Cup (2000m) and the Listed Hong Kong Derby (2000m).
Whyte is only the third person to receive a lifetime achievement award – and the first jockey – following trainers Ivan Allan (2004) and Brian Kan (2003).
He will officially commence his new career as a HKJC licensed trainer on July 15 and will train out of Sha Tin’s Olympic Stables.