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Douglas Whyte is a titan of Hong Kong racing so it is perhaps fitting that a horse named for the Greek god Adonis should go down in the record books as the former riding great’s first winner as a trainer.

“It’s phenomenal. It’s fantastic!” Whyte said after the six-year-old had chosen the most opportune moment to break his own maiden. That came yesterday in just the second race at Hong Kong’s season opener, the Class 5 Mount Parker Handicap (1200m), and the second of the 13-time champion jockey’s new career.

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