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Aldo In – Lyle To Japan

Domeyer resumes in Hong Kong

Cape jockey Aldo Domeyer and Brazilian Vagner Borgeswill rejoin the Hong Kong riding ranks after being granted contracts by the Jockey Club licensing committee on Friday.

The two, who spent time at Sha Tin last year, return to the fold while Blake Shinn and Neil Callan – whose licences were due to expire at the end of the month – also received extensions until the end of the term.

Aldo Domeyer – back in Hong Kong (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

The South China Morning Post reports that a new apprentice, Go Lo King-yeung, also joins the ranks from the end of March after a stint in South Australia.

On the other side, Lyle Hewitson did not apply for an extension, instead opting to take up a short-term stint in Japan, while it was also confirmed that French duo Alexis Badel and Tony Piccone will return to Europe for the summer, but both Hewitson and Badel have extended their stays by one meeting so they can compete at Sha Tin on Sunday, March 1.

Domeyer, 32, came to Hong Kong late last season and made an immediate impact, winning 13 races from 116 rides and earning a six-month contract for this term.

But after competing for the first seven weeks of the season, for four wins and 17 placings from 52 rides, the South African took indefinite leave to go home and join his girlfriend Sharna after the birth of their third child.

In the meantime, he has been riding during the Cape summer season, winning two Group Ones on Met day last month. He returns to action from March 29 and is licensed until the end of the term.

Borgas, a four-time champion in Brazil, competed at the last five meetings of the 2018-19 season and made a positive impression, despite not winning a race.

The 26-year-old, who has won 14 Group Ones, rides lightweight and will be looking to follow in the footsteps of his compatriots Joao Moreira and Silvestre de Sousa. His contract begins on March 1 and goes through until May 31.

Hewitson, a two-time champion in South Africa, struggled to make an impact early in his rookie season, having to wait 140 rides for his first Hong Kong win, but started to make some inroads recently and currently has three victories and 18 placings to his credit.

The 22-year-old won a lot of respect for the way he handled himself in trying circumstances and now heads to Japan for a short-term stint.

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11 comments on “Aldo In – Lyle To Japan


    Well Ja, racing tomorrow @ Kenilworth is dire

  2. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Ganbatte kudasai Lyle….
    Zhi ni Hao yun Aldo…

  3. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Mnr Editor soos U kan sien ek is 5 talig
    Afr, Engels, Japanese, Chinese en….

    1. Editor says:

      Indrukwekkend Cecil
      Were you in the Diplomatic Corp?

  4. Ronny says:

    If Im not Mistaken, isn’t there 2 or 3 types of exams that you need to complete to ride in Japan..Joao Moreira failed one of the exams if my memories serves correct was the language exam and he couldn’t continue riding there despite his strike rate being close to 40%?

    1. Editor says:

      Yes Ronny…seems for a ‘full-time’ licence though
      SCMP reported October 2018:
      The JRA requires jockeys to pass two tests to earn a full-time licence – firstly a written exam (in English) on racing in Japan and its history and then an oral test (in Japanese).
      The JRA confirmed at the time that Moreira did not pass the first written test – which insiders said was clearly the more difficult of the two. Other foreign jockeys looking to ride in Japan have failed that part of the process – some multiple times – before earning their ticket.


    Inderdaad, ek stem saam met the redakteur, dit is uiters indrukwekkend.

    Mr. Pienaar, mag ek u vra of you can speak Canadian as well, like I can ?

  6. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Hello William, nie te sleg nie of Maat, 70 Perde in 8 wedrenne. Just the other day was that massive midweek P6 with small fields. Jou CT seisoen staan nou einde toe.

    Keep some bucks for Scottsville on Sunday. Definitely NO bad weather, 37deg for next 3 days…Kennedy 7 rides

    LoL Mr Ed, née, us Midlands ballies learnt to Google translate… The boss @ home says my 5de taal is k?k praat. Monster in Law says it’s my 1st language, behind my back off course?

    Interesting facts on the Japan entry..

    This site is still gonna make me very clever.
    Thank You ?

  7. Cecil Pienaar says:

    William, No Canadian, Russian or Flemish. LoL. We visited Belgium in early 2000 for work stuff. In a pub we spoke Afr, the Barman said he understood most of our conversation.

    Back to the topic.. I am happy our Jockeys travel the world. I reckon we have far too many Jocks in SA. Wonder if they all make ends meet, especially Kimberly guys, Eastern Cape, others with the odd ride. Yet, there are new Appies every year, in demand whilst they claim 4kgs. Our top jocks seems to get better with age, why retire… Leaving the bottom crowded. Just a thought.

  8. Pops says:

    Did Lyle Hewitson take note of how difficult it was for a 3 time Hong Kong champion to return to Hong Kong after a short stint in Japan?
    Certain strict conditions were put on him ,a trainer and a few owners before he was allowed back in.
    And there was this from the HKJC, Hong Kong “is not a place you can walk in and out of”.

  9. Andrew says:

    Yes It’s the best for Lyle to run away to Japan . It’s show’s the quality of some South African jockeys .If you can’t make it in the world arena you pack your bags & try your luck in another country . I take my hat off for Grant van Niekerk & Aldo Domeyer for perseverance & make it to the top with hard work .When they arrived in Hong Kong they also didn’t got decent rides but the adjust to the conditions & proof themselves that they can compete with the best in world .Lyle must just remember Callan Murray couldn’t make it in Japan.He also returns to South Africa to ride for top
    trainer DeKock

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