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Happy Hewitson History!

SA Champion son rides Dad's first winner as trainer

Another happy chapter of history was written for the Hewitson family at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Monday, when former SA Champion jockey Lyle booted home a first ever winner as a trainer for his former jockey Dad, Carl.

Assistant trainer Rocky Agrella, Lyle and his Dad Carl, celebrate the wonderful moment (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

The Varsfontein Stud-bred Set The Date carried too many guns in the opener in the colours of well-known Cape owner Bryn Ressell, and stormed to victory at her fifth start, after earning at her first four outings – including two on her original home track of Fairview.

The winning partnership includes stalwarts Hedley McGrath, Braam van Huyssteen and Mark Wright, and it was another fairytale in the Hewitson rise to prominence.

The 56 year old former assistant trainer, who left the Eastern Cape after the closure of the Yvette Bremner yard, saddled his first runner out of his brand new Summerveld base just a month ago.

And he would have been pleased to ‘get the monkey off his back’ as suggested by his proud son, Lyle, on Monday.

Coincidentally, the 23 year old Lyle rode his first ever professional winner on his third book of rides at Fairview on 18 March 2016 aboard Blizzard Belle.

The winner was saddled by Yvette Bremner and the speed demon ran in the silks of his Dad, Carl!

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11 comments on “Happy Hewitson History!

  1. Eric says:

    Congratulations to the whole family and the team, may you be blessed with many more 🏆

  2. Dylan says:

    Brilliant well done and a huge congratulations to the team. Nice to get off the mark and I’m sure many more to come..

  3. JC LEE CHING says:

    I really hope Carl does well, he deserves it

  4. JC LEE CHING says:

    Mr Ed, what time is the panel discussion tonight ?

    1. Editor says:

      Hi JC
      It is apparently being recorded tonight for broadcast Wednesday evening

    2. Editor says:

      Will be at 19:45 Wednesday, repeated same time Thursday

  5. JC LEE CHING says:

    thanks a lot, I would have sat for hours waiting tonight

  6. Barry says:

    Fabulous !!

  7. Keith sing says:

    why must we watch a recording when betting is open a live feed would have being great for the early birds my oh my live live viva viva

  8. Nandha says:

    History was done in the horses
    previous run when he was short priced to win but ironically he lost ground at the start and guess who won, non other than Lyle himself, so this should be a consolation for the punters who lost last time

    1. Editor says:

      Nandha Naidoo

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