Sportswriter four-year-old Whittaker paced the mile in 1:49.54 in finishing fourth in the Chariots Of Fire behind the smart Jilliby Kung Fu at Menangle last Saturday night.
Driver and caretaker trainer Ashlee Grives positioned him four-deep on the marker line and they rallied strongly in the run home, his sectionals proof that he could not have gone any better, an amazing run.
Whittaker paced his final 800m in 53.05 and 400m in 26.44 in a staggeringly-quick Chariots, his final splits bettered only by Let It Ride (53.01) and Gotta Go Ya Hu (52.85).
Whittaker continues a super run of form after taking out the $40,000 Hondo Grattan a week earlier. Mark will now give him a short let-up after some hard racing.
Rocker Band will contest Saturday night’s $40,800 Robin Dundee Stakes from barrier seven, though both Jones and Grives were very unhappy star pacing mare Delightful Memphis was left out of the field by the club.