SA Champion jockey Lyle Hewitson took his win tally to three in two meetings following a double at Nakayama on Sunday.
This already equals his total score in a frustrating six month Hong Kong spell and he has now ridden 3 winners and 4 places from his 14 rides for stakes earnings of the equivalent of R7,3 million – in a weekend!
Tab reports that he started in the opening Maiden 1800m, where second favourite Le Conte Bleu scored at the second time of asking for trainer Kazahiro Seishi.
In Race 6 he was again successful over the same trip.
This time it was on strong favourite Schedar for Toru Korita. The three-year-old was scoring his second win in as many starts, and came home by a comfortable 1.5 lengths.
And following a further second and fourth, he crowned it all with third in the showcase of the day – the Gr2 Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho Deep Impact Kinen. He partnered Authority for Tetsuya Kimura and the colt was beaten just over two lengths.
The total prize money for this race was 103.5 million yen (R15.4 million), with the purse for third just over 14 million (about R2 million).