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Muzi Is SA Captain

Teams announced

The teams for this year’s World Sports Betting International Jockey Challenge supported by Sun International and Air Mauritius, have been finalised.

Muzi Yeni (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)

Muzi Yeni (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)

Muzi Yeni will captain the South African team while Gavin Lerena, Warren Kennedy, Greg Cheyne, Callan Murray and S’manga Khumalo are the other riders to wear the green and gold silks.

The International Team will be captained by Rab Havlin (Scotland), with Paul Hanagan, Martin Dwyer, Hayley Turner (England), Andrea Atzeni (Italy) and Nooresh Juglall (Mauritius) his wingmen and -woman.


Muzi Yeni is a regular on the South African team competing in international jockey challenges. He is undoubtedly the most hard-working jockey in the country having saddled up 476 times since the start of the season in 1 August.

Gavin Lerena is no stranger to team racing, having represented SA in five International Jockey Challenges on home soil, winning the Longines International Jockey Challenge in 2015 in Hong Kong, and representing the Rest Of The World team at the Shergar Cup a few years back. He was SA champion jockey in the 2014-15 season.

Warren Kennedy currently leads the champion jockey log. Last season he broke through the 100 barrier mark, riding 139 winners at a strike rate of 12,2% and finished 7th on the log. Furthermore, he scored his first Grade 1 win, riding the Gavin van Zyl-trained Gabor to victory in the Thekwini Stakes over 1600m at Greyville on eLan Gold Cup day.

Greg Cheyne is well-travelled, having raced in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Korea and Macau. He boasts more than 100 international victories.

Callan Murray has proven that he has BMT – that’s big match temperament. Four months after being crowned Champion Apprentice for the 2015-16 season, he bagged a Grade 1 treble on Champions Day in 2018. He has also made his mark in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.

S’manga Khumalo was crowned South African champion jockey for the 2013-14 season. He repeated that feat in 2015-2016. He wrote his name in the history books in 2013 when becoming the first black jockey to win the prestigious Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July.



Rob Havlin was a member of Team UK at last year’s International Jockey Challenge in Singapore. He has ridden around 900 domestic winners, partnering more than 1000 winners worldwide – in countries like the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Singapore and South Africa.

Paul Hanagan has twice been crowned champion jockey on the Flat in Britain, riding 165 winners in 2011 to defend his title, having won his first title with 191 winners in 2010. Among his major wins are the British Champions Sprint Stakes Grade 1 with Muhaarar in 2015, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes Grade 1 with Taghrooda in 2014, the Grade 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere in France with Wootton Bassett in 2010 and the Grade 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen aboard Muarrab in 2016.

Martin Dwyer has recorded major wins worldwide, most notably aboard Phoenix Reach. They teamed up to win the Canadian International Stakes in 2003, the Hong Kong Vase in 2004 and the Dubai Sheema Classic in 2005. He has twice been the recipient of the Flat Ride of the Year award, in 2003 for winning the Jockey Club Cup with Persian Punch and in 2006 for his Vodafone Derby win upon Sir Percy.

Hayley Turner became the first woman to ride 100 United Kingdom Flat race winners during a calendar year in 2008. In fact, that year she was only one of five jockeys to ride in over 900 races in the UK. She currently has over 780 career wins. In 2011 Turner became the first female jockey to ride an outright Group 1 race winner in Britain, when partnering Dream Ahead in the Darley July Cup.

Andrea Atzeni won the St. Leger and Moyglare Stud Stakes in the same weekend in 2014, followed by the Dewhurst Stakes and his second successive Racing Post Trophy the following month. In 2015 he won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the Luca Cumani-trained Postponed and the St. Leger for a second successive year on Qatar Racing’s filly Simple Verse. He has won major races in France, Italy, Germany, UK, Republic of Ireland, UAE and Canada.

Nooresh Juglall honed his craft here in SA and won two champion apprentice jockey titles before spreading his wings to Singapore in 2014. He made an immediate impact, booting home his first winner, Majestic Moments, in his very first Kranji ride. The friendly Mauritian went on to ride a total of 217 winners in the city-state. Juglall enjoyed his best season in 2017 when he racked up 50 winners. He rode Twist Of Fate for trainer Joey Ramsden in this year’s Vodacom Durban July, finishing third, a mere 1.70 lengths behind Horse-of-the-Year Do It Again.

The World Sports Betting International Jockey Challenge supported by Sun International and Air Mauritius takes place at Turffontein on Saturday 16 November.

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21 comments on “Muzi Is SA Captain

  1. Anthony says:

    And his 90 day suspension ??

  2. ENABLE says:

    @Anthony, for protecting himself from obvious danger of falling??

    Last I heard that foggy ruling was appealed.

    I honestly believe that the NHA, should just drop it, because, in order for there to be a fair Hearing/view on the matter, both parties should be brought in, and given opportunity to explain the circumstances leading to whatever NHA are charging Yeni with, which is likely impossible as Hewitson is in Hong Kong,…

    If you watch the Video, as I have on countless occasions, all I see is a Jock trying to regain his balance after the other bumped and nearly brought him down….. What was the Sanction imposed on Hewitson??? He himself was in contravention of the rules as he failed to insure that his mount caused no interference…..

  3. Saioshen says:

    When is Anton coming back!!!?

  4. master says:

    Ed…. Please find out why is Gavin Lerena selected when he has had 11 Rides for 1 Win this season, when you have the likes of Richard Fourie, Raymond Danielson and Corne Orffer riding so well.

  5. Cecil Pienaar says:

    I hope SP will do a summary article soon on our Jocks – who is still off sick, when back, also cases and appeals

    Master, I think the team was selected on last season standings. Callan and Bling got in as wildcards cause Lyle away, Anton off sick… (previous SP article)

    Good team, I think..

  6. Hamesh says:

    a list of jockeys that have been injured and when they are expected back will be helpful. in particular Mr Gunter Wrogemann when will we see him back?

    1. Editor says:

      Gunter Wrogemann undertook to revert to us before his return.

      Dont see Anton Marcus on this list published by NRB and Fayd’herbe date looks wrong:

      Surname Forename Unavailable
      De Gouveia Diego 30 Aug 2019 to 03 Dec 2019
      Fayd’herbe Bernard 08 Aug 2019 to 31 Dec 2022
      Little Chad 27 Sep 2019 to 27 Sep 2024
      Maujean Chase 12 Oct 2019 to 18 Oct 2019
      Mgudlwa Athandiwe 11 Sep 2019 to 31 Dec 2019
      Orffer Corne 16 Oct 2019 to 22 Oct 2019
      Steyn Keanen 12 Oct 2019 to 18 Oct 2019
      Winnaar Morne 16 Oct 2019 to 22 Oct 2019
      Zackey Craig 05 Aug 2019 to 21 Oct 2019

      Surname Forename Unavailable
      Arries Ashton 12 Sep 2019 to 31 Dec 2019
      Burke Louis 09 Jul 2019 to 31 Dec 2019
      Jacobs Jabu 28 Sep 2019 to 26 Oct 2019

  7. Ronnie Ramasamy says:

    Congratulations to Muzi and hoping our team boot home the winners

  8. Marlon says:

    Hi ed why is bernard faydherbe off for so long

    1. Editor says:

      Thats not correct Marlon
      Michael Clower wrote recently:
      Bernard Fayd’Herbe, originally sidelined until August 28, has now been ruled out of action until the end of November with the sahorseracing.co.za website altering the period of his absence to August 8 – November 30.

  9. Marlon says:

    Thanks just got concerned one of my favourites

    1. Editor says:

      Marlon, if you are on Twitter, then follow him here…[email protected]
      We saw he tweeted last week that… ‘Christmas came early this year, my new saddles from @selleriecassou for the new season ahead. Thanks to @CSoumillon for arranging & to @gwendelynne & @crawfordracing for bringing them back for me.’
      Brett Crawford brought them back after the Arc.
      Maybe Bernie will be back with a vengeance.

  10. Hamesh says:

    Thank you ed for the list of injured jocks and return dates..

  11. Jean says:

    Muzi should be in the middle of a 90 day suspension period. It’s disgusting what he did to Lyle Hewitson at Greyville in July, and was found GUILTY by NHRA. He shouldn’t be allowed to appeal as the serious nature of what he did to another rider deserves suspension, guilty means guilty, you commit the crime, you do the time.

  12. Rob says:

    Why is Muzi still riding??? He’s supposed to be suspended. I agree with Jean, a rider shouldn’t be allowed to appeal as he was found guilty by the NHRA!!!

  13. Paul says:

    Oh ok so when it suits, a guilty finding by the widely criticised NHRA is now suddenly the rationale for not allowing due process and the right of appeal???

    The problem is clearly the delays in dealing with appeals and the apparent ease in dragging matters out to suit (as has been utilised by Bling and Lyle, inter alia – quite legitimately within the present rules).

    Fix the problem – rather than throwing the baby out with the bathwater!

  14. Graeme says:

    How can one support a South African team of jockeys who are captained by a (*edited)? Muzi deliberately tried to bring down Lyle Hewitson in the middle of a race, which is beyond anything I’ve ever witnessed on a racetrack, especially by an experienced rider. He was found guilty, there should be no possibility of any appeal.

  15. Gavin says:

    We have to support our boys

  16. Jean says:

    How can Muzi be the captain? Surely Gavin Lerena deserves the captaincy, and Anton Marcus should also be in the team, as he is a world class jockey. Muzi is very controversial as well being involved in that incident at Greyville in July where he was found guilty by the NHRA of improper behaviour. If that had taken place anywhere overseas, he would probably have been banned for at least six months.

    1. Editor says:

      Jean, Anton Marcus declared himself unavailable
      Muzi was runner-up to Lyle H last season in the SA championship.
      Why do you feel Gavin Lerena warrant captaincy more than Muzi, in this case?

  17. Jean says:

    Gavin is a former South African champion jockey and has far more experience than Muzi. Another reason is that Gavin would have been in the mix for champion jockey last season had it not been for his injuries.
    Muzi is a talented rider, but in my opinion, the vast majority of his wins last season came at the two weakest venues in SA, Kimberley and Fairview. Also, Muzi’s comments about being unfairly treated last season regarding Lyle Hewitson’s suspension on national television is not the behaviour befitting a South African captain, not to mention trying to deliberately bring Lyle down during a race.

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