Another SA Jock For Mauritius

Promising youngster gives the island a try

SA jockey Eric Ngwane will ride in Mauritius for trainer Amar Sewdyal for the rest of the season.

Sewdyal has been without a retained jockey since the departure of Carloz Gomez.

Diego De Gouveia and Eric Ngwane

Eric Ngwane with colleague Diego de Gouveia – both ride in Mauritius

The 26 year old Ngwane was present as a spectator in training earlier this week and went on a walk of the Champ de Mars with his trainer and Samraj Mahadia.

Ngwane, who rides at 50kgs, told the local media that he was very happy to be in Mauritius and was looking forward to the challenge.

Ngwane travelled to the UK in 2016 for a refresher course, while still an apprentice.

Eric Saziso Ngwane, who hails from Merewent, was coached by former champion jockey Garth Puller early in his career.

Puller picked Ngwane out early on.

“He has a very bright future. I won’t allow his head to get too big as it is important if you are going to make it to not think you are too big for your boots. He is lacking in experience, so still has one or two faults, such as not getting out of the pens quickly enough and not securing a good position quickly enough, because obviously the apprentices can be a bit intimidated, but he makes up for it with his good hands and balance,” added the veteran after Ngwane had booted home his first treble in January 2016.

To date, Ngwane  has more than 100 winners to his credit and admits to having a preference for horses running up front.

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