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The Bump Chums

It's been a long season -and its showing

The battle for the national jockey championship between Muzi Yeni and Lyle Hewitson is not lacking needle and it spilled over in the second at Greyville on Saturday.

The two came together repeatedly during the running of the race with the stipendiary stewards taking a dim view of some unprofessional riding by both jockeys. The official stipes report does not go into detail but both riders will face an inquiry.

Lyle and Muzi – tense competition (Pic – Pauline Herman Photography)

It all started at the 900m mark with Yeni’s mount Mr Greenlight shifting out off the heels of Tommy Grand resulting in Mr Greenlight and Hewitson’s mount, Moon In June, coming together.

Yeni appeared to elbow Hewiston who retaliated by forcing Mr Greenlight back in behind horses. The bland report reads “…. bumping when racing in close proximity. An inquiry will be opened into this incident.”

From here, Hewitson took his mount around runners but his challenge was short-lived in the straight allowing Mr Greenlight to come back at him with Yeni taking up his running forcing Hewitson it ease Moon In June off the heels of Mr Greenlight.

“At the 400m Moon In June was carried out and was eased off the heels of Mr Greenlight. An inquiry will be opened into this incident.”

Yeni then took his frustrations into the boardroom. “A further inquiry will be held into jockey M Yeni’s conduct in the boardroom,” concluded the report.

Both riders have been maintaining a punishing schedule in their hunt for winners and exhaustion must be a mitigating factor. Yeni will have ridden in over 1800 races this season while Hewitson has clocked up over 1500 races.

With two meetings left, Hewitson leads Yeni by two winners.

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6 comments on “The Bump Chums

  1. Brian says:

    Let it go stipes. We saw a horse race. Racing’s about that not you. Let it go or at the least rap them over the knuckles

  2. Lindy says:

    You are joking .Let it go ,so it will be alright when other jockeys come together and attempt to pull or push each other in a race .Rules apply to all irrespective who they are

  3. BP says:

    Agreed Lindy

    There are lives at stake, human and animal, every time these Guys go out and race so don’t be a moron Brian.

  4. PL.NEL says:

    Agree , footage clearly shows yeni trying to pull Lyle off his mount . Extremely dangerous..

  5. HORSE BOSS says:

    What about Lyle, I think that everyone is looking beyond Kyle’s mistake, he almost took Yeni down, further more tried to hold onto him???

    Which race were y’all watching?

  6. pat buchel says:

    Muzi take it like a Gentleman. Just like you are…

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