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Another SA Jockey Gets The Island Wave

Eric Ngwane dismissed by Sewdyal

Yet another South African jockey has had his contract terminated by a Mauritius trainer.

Jockey Eric Ngwane arrived in Mauritius just over six weeks ago to ride for trainer Amar Sewdyal for what is intended to be the rest of the season.

Sewdyal had been without a retained jockey since the departure of Carloz Gomez.

Ngwane rode two winners from 23 rides, and was dismissed by Sewdyal ahead of Sunday’s racemeeting.

The Sporting Post has no details yet of what let to the parting of ways.

Ngwane travelled to the UK in 2016 for a refresher course, while still an apprentice. Eric Saziso Ngwane, who hails from Merewent, was coached by former champion jockey Garth Puller early in his career.

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10 comments on “Another SA Jockey Gets The Island Wave

  1. Beach Boy says:

    what led to a parting of the ways was that the trainer didn’t consider that the jockey followed his instructions. He was reported to the stewards and suspended for 3 weeks for failing to ride to the satisfaction of the stewards. he actually got off a bit lightly if you ask me. Was not experienced enough to ride in Mauritius.

    The stipes report is here (see race 6): http://mauritiusturfclub.com/index.php/courses/resultats?view=full&meeting=34-2019#7. there is also a link to watch the film. Ngwane was riding Lickerio. It was a poor poor ride.

    he will learn for it and hopefully become a better jockey. By all accounts, he is a nice guy.

    1. Editor says:

      Thanks Beach Boy

  2. Brihu says:

    I don’t know why SA jockeys accept offers from poor stables surrounded by mafia owners. These jockeys are bound to get sacked when they lose on horses with heavy bets involved from the stable members.
    This season Zechner, De Gouveia, Gomez, Ngwane have all been sacked abruptly, not to mention Strydom despite winning a lot of races for the R.Gujadhur stable and largely contributing to make them champion stable for the first time.
    Mauritius horse racing is very sick since a few years. It has so many problems that its future is threatened. More and more local people are uninterested in it. The crowd that made it famous no longer exists, even during the classics.

  3. Collin devanpershad says:

    These mauritius trainers are full of themselves. They think its easy to ride horses and win races…. Erick ngwane is a good jock m striker is one of the best in the world…

  4. Wayne Jooste says:

    Tough tight course with a short run in, not a track for the inexperienced and faint hearted. You gotta have balls of steel to ride there, like Francois Herholdt and Wayne Agrella…

  5. George Ellis says:

    Another one bites the dust

  6. Raymonde Gregf says:

    I totally agree with what Collin says. They might be trainers, mafia front boys, but can they even ride a horse nevermind a thoroughbred? Let’s see if these persons can, put a bale of straw on the ground, put a racing saddle on it, then stay standing in a race position for 60 seconds (feet in the stirrups) and don’t fall. In a race you must: balance the horse, yourself/ restrain the horse without pulling its mouth off/ race it on command. While remembering you are on (-/+) 300 Milo’s of muscle/animal, you are / have only about a third of your body on/around the horse, doing about 6 seconds per 100 Meters. It’s not as easy as it looks! I know, ii was an amateur race rider.
    Those who want to moan etc, should be able to ride before complaining.

  7. SHANE says:

    Collin unfortunately they are the bosses. You can’t ride the way you want to…if you can’t you get replaced…easy as ABC

  8. Oscar says:

    Everybody does not race horses for the fun of it.Trainers are also working very hard and the owners deserve some stake money as well in order to keep the stable wheels turning.
    Whether a jockey rides for a big stable or small stable he has to ride according to instructions from the trainers., if a jockey can’t do that then unfortunately he has to go.

  9. George Croucher says:

    The more things change the more they stay the same…get beaten and its a bad ride at best or the usual…the Jocks a thief *yawn*

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