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Lyle’s Got To Be Bigger In Japan!

First Japan ride on Sunday

Reigning SA Champion Jockey Lyle Hewitson will open his Japan campaign on Sunday.

The South China Morning Post reports that Hewitson has flown out to Japan to join the powerful Northern Farm operation, who will have first call on his services on a two-month contract.

He was going through all the paperwork like undergoing a medicals, setting up bank accounts and other issues earlier this week before two days of trackwork at the Miho training centre.

Hewitson then goes into lockdown on Friday night before the weekend’s cards, where he has secured a Gr2 mount on Sunday.

“I can’t wait to sit on some good stock and get some confidence back in my riding,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a good move to experience something new and succeed a bit more.”

Hewitson hopes to return to Hong Kong for another stint down the road and is particularly thankful to those who kept backing him in.

A two-time champion here, the 22-year old was never able to build any real momentum after a two-week suspension derailed him early in the season.

Hewitson wasn’t afforded many opportunities after that and has been forced to battle on a host of long -shots, finishing his contract with three wins, nine seconds and 11 thirds from 251 rides and a tick over HK$7.3 million in prize money.

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3 comments on “Lyle’s Got To Be Bigger In Japan!

  1. Pops says:

    In all fairness the two weeks suspension cannot be blamed for Hewitson not getting quality mounts.
    After all he arrived in Hong Kong as the two time South African champion Jockey.
    Could it be the Hong Kong trainers did not think being an South African champion jockey made him world class or he was just a also run jockey.
    Did all the other South African non champion jockeys to arrive in Hong Kong get quality rides right off or were they forced to battle on a host of long -shots?

  2. Chad says:

    I notice Tabonline and Sportingpost constantly “pushing” news about Lyle Hewitson. When he rides 1 measly winner, it’s glorified as if he has won the title. Please stop hyping up the jockey. Yes he is talented but majority of his SA success came from plum rides. China (and Japan) will once again find him out and expose how average he is on the world stage. Aldo Domeyer and Grant Van Niekerk outclassed and outperformed him internationally yet they don’t get as much press because they’re not white? Not a poster boy for white South African racing? Some things just don’t change.

    1. Editor says:

      Chad, your suggestion is not worth discussing further

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