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Aussie Debut Glory For Lerena

Narrow victory on outsider

Brandon Lerena

Former KZN-based jockey Brandon Lerena made a dream start to his new career in Australia when he won on his first ride on Saturday.

Lerena, who a few months ago joined the growing group of South Africans looking for greener pastures abroad, shone aboard the Dundeel gelding Mystery Trick for trainer Bjorn Baker in the seventh race at Kembla Grange.

The longshot won the Tynan Motors Mercedes-Amg Maiden beating the more fancied Tongariro by a head.

Lerena, who  turns 31 on 27 September,  could not have hoped for a better start in a competitive environment.

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9 comments on “Aussie Debut Glory For Lerena

  1. Devon Faizal Patrix says:

    He had 2 mounts carded, both for Bjorn. First was scratched. Keegan did not have much luck today although he is doing great too. Vorster has a 40% win strike rate and he only rides for Mcevoy stable. Our boys are doing well here.

  2. Cecil says:

    Nice one Brandon👍
    Sh😀w them Aussies
    Here is to many more 🏁

  3. Devon Faizal Patrix says:

    He had 2 mounts carded, both for Bjorn. First was scratched. Keegan did not have much luck today although he is doing great too. Virster has a 40% win strike rate and he only rides for Mcevoy stable. Our boys are doing well here.

  4. José says:

    Who is Keegan that’s riding in Australia from South Africa Devon?

    1. Editor says:

      Latham

  5. MARK BEETAR says:

    Fradd + Cormack also both riding a fair amount of winners in Queensland , Australia .

  6. MARK BEETAR says:

    – also great to see Denicious Smith riding winners there too !!!

  7. bob kistnasamy says:

    Unfortunately, we are experiencing a “drain” in the horse racing industry in serious numbers. Most of our top riders have left our shores whilst the loss of Chesney and De Kock will also hurt SA racing.
    What can we attribute this to? Our racing industry or the economy in general.
    Whatever the reason, we need to find ways and means to retain our “racing staff”.
    The departure leaves a huge void.

  8. Nico says:

    A typical trend in South Africa. Learn your trade and move. Happens with Cricketers too. Can’t really blame them, the only good here is to learn and move on if the opportunity arises

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