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Happy Valley Christmas Treble For Cape Jock

Support trickles back after suspension

While he may have missed his Mom’s famous Christmas lunch on Wednesday, Grant van Niekerk nailed a treble in the last at Happy Valley on Thursday when the Danny Shum-trained Winning Method made just about all to win the Class 3 Kap Shui Mun Handicap (1200m).

Grant  went almost a month without a win before hitting the mark again at Sha Tin last Saturday.

Doing fine! Grant van Niekerk is working hard (Pic – Hong Kong Jockey Club)

“My suspension just stopped my momentum and when that happens you don’t really get your rides back but I’m glad I’m getting good support again,” he said.

“If you get your chance here you have to make the most of what you get and do your best. It’s hard to keep your rides here and it’s very hard to get a winner on the day so to get three, I’m very happy.”

He has ridden 15 winners at a win strike-rate of 10% for stakes of HK$ 22 549 455 – that’s the equivalent of R40 931 839 at current rates of exchange.

Earlier, Clement Legend once again exhibited his liking for 2200m around Happy Valley and Van Niekerk benefitted. The game Shum-trained five-year-old dug deep to bag his fourth career win at the course and distance in the Class 3 Shan Tseng Handicap.

Van Niekerk  partnered the John Moore-trained G Unit to success in the Class 4 Ting Kau Handicap (1000m).

The Peter Ho-trained Magnificent put daylight on his rivals in the Class 3 Ma Wan Handicap (1650m), streaking down the home stretch to give champion jockey Zac Purton his 44th win in his pursuit of premiership leader Joao Moreira.

The Class 5 opener, the Yau Kom Tau Handicap (1200m), went to 25/1 shot Lightning Missile (117lb) who fended off the 23/1 chance Show Mission (117lb) by a neck. Vincent Ho sealed his 21st win for the term atop the Manfred Man-trained victor.

Hong Kong racing continues at Sha Tin on Sunday, 29 December.

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8 comments on “Happy Valley Christmas Treble For Cape Jock

  1. Michael Jacobs says:

    Well done Grant. A top talent!

    Has Hewitson ridden a winner yet in Hong Kong?

    1. Editor says:

      No Michael, nothing for Lyle y

  2. Kay says:

    Well done Grant van Niekerk. He also came 2nd in two other races by close finishes. It is just unbelievable that Lyle cannot get a win! Aldo Domeyer also rode a few winners on his short stint in HK. And why is Aldo back in the Cape Mr Ed? I thought he had a 6 month contract same as with Lyle Hewitson. It’s fascinating to follow them in HK and I seldom miss HK meetings when I have the time.

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Kay
      Aldo returned for the birth of his son – chose to stay on for the Cape season

  3. Donald says:

    It is quite unbelievable that Hewitson cannot ride a winner after all this time . It must be very hard for him to continue and complete his contract after the huge success he enjoyed in South Africa !

    Ed , Domeyer must have broken his contract to just decide to stay for the Cape season after the birth of a child or how does this work ? Is he now in breach of contract ?

  4. Emmanuel Ramutsamaya says:

    Domeyer returned for good here. He terminated his contract.

  5. Sergen govender says:

    No more Tarry Rides for Lyle.

  6. Dennis Isaacs says:

    Grant van Niekerk is sorely missed in Cape Town.
    He is a top class jockey and one of the best I’ve ever witnessed….Trainer Mike Bass was the first to notice the talent and appointed him as top jockey for his yard .

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