Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Different Shade of Whyte; Vic Trainer Has Clash of Kings in Vince Curry Final

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Different Shade of Whyte; Vic Trainer Has Clash of Kings in Vince Curry Final

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Paul Dolan

WHEN the fields were released for the Vince Curry Memorial Maiden heats a couple of weeks ago, some people thought the trainer listed as 'Stephen Whyte' is the man best known for the deeds of that great bitch Paua to Burn.

It's not the same trainer.

Steven White, of Nowra in New South Wales, trained Paua to Burn.

It's Stephen Whyte, of Bunyip in Victoria, who has Clash of Kings in the Vince Curry final tomorrow night at the Ipswich Showgrounds.

Whyte was a successful trainer, based in the Beenleigh area of south-east Queensland, until moving to Victoria in the early 1990s. Bunyip is in that state's Gippsland area.

"I gave away training in 1994 but recently decided to make a comeback," Whyte said.

"I was chatting with Steve Hawkins about his litter of Fear Zafonic -- Queen Lauryn pups. I wanted to buy one and Steve said to pick one of the four. I decided to give a comeback a decent try and bought all four pups.

"Tony and Jane Apap at Gatton reared them until nine months. Then I took over, I educated them myself, taking a couple of months to do that. I had plans to start two in the Vince Curry but one of them got hurt."

Clash of Kings won his heat from box two in 30.57. He won a semi-final last Saturday in 30.43 from box six.

Before the box draw for the final, Whyte said he didn't have a preference, saying he is rapt to be in the race.

Clash of Kings has box three for tomorrow night's $40,000-to-the-winner event. Whyte won't be at Ipswich, though.

"I have a share with my wife Eleanor in a racehorse named Jabali who is running in the Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield tomorrow. We're going to be there," he said, "Mick Price trains him and Damian Oliver will be in the saddle. The horse has had two starts for seconds at Flemington and Caulfield.

"I had planned to fly to Brisbane then drive to Ipswich after the Blue Diamond but there won't be enough time to do that."

Whyte's long-time friends Mick and Selena Zammit will handle Clash of Kings tomorrow night. …

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