Fast improving apprentice Khanya Sakayi rode a four-timer at Greyville on Sunday and was given a ‘guard of honour’ lead in by pupils of his alma mater, the SA Jockey Academy.
The East Cape born 4th year SAJA apprentice, who turns 20 in October, was recruited while at High School in Cape Town and is one of the most improved riders around.
The revitalised and hardworking Sakayi rode a career first three-timer at Scottsville on 12 August and showed flair and initiative on a memorable Sunday.
His first winner was the 12-1 Sea Urchin for Garth Puller, who survived an objection by senior jockey Mark Khan to keep the third race after a brief tussle in the final stages.
He then had an easier time of it on Yogas Govender’s recent maiden winner Lickerio, who followed up on his good win to take the fourth race, an MR 64 Apprentice Handicap.
His hat-trick was on the boards when Itdawnedonme won the fifth race.
His fourth winner came up in the final race when he got the better of Luke Ferraris on the flying Seek The Summit in a thriller that took the judges some while to unravel to get the verdict by a nose. The mare is also trained by Garth Puller.
Khanya has now ridden 14 winners for a win-strike rate of 19%.