The SA national jockey title race was thrown wide open on Classic Day with rampant log-leader Anthony Delpech being sidelined for the rest of the season.
With three months left of the 2017/18 season, Hollywood have priced top apprentice Lyle Hewiston up at 1-6 to lift the title.
Hewitson, who has formed a strong association with the champion Sean Tarry yard, travels to the Eastern Cape too, where he has first call on the powerful Yvette Bremner string.
Northern Cape champion Muzi Yeni (5-1) is about 22 wins behind Hewitson but is riding with renewed vigour and just missed a Gr1 double on Classic Day. Yeni is particularly lethal at Flamingo Park where, late flights aside, he seldom goes home with anything less than a double.
Anton Marcus (7-1) has been there and done it. He has the pick of a large percentage of the rides in KZN since freelancing from December and must be a serious candidate for honours if he ups his work-rate. He has had the least rides of the top ten on the log, but his strike rate of 25% makes him a dark horse.
Our value bet is Richard Fourie, who could be worth a tickle at 66-1. Fourie is about 30 winners behind Hewitson but has taken only half as many mounts as his young colleague.
Fourie’s strike-rate of 19% is also better than Hewitson’s at 12%.