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Hewitson To Chase SA Title

International experience stands him in good stead

SA Champion jockey of 2018/19 Lyle Hewitson has confirmed that he will chase the title this season.

Having gained international experience in Hong Kong and Japan, Lyle is back in South Africa for now.

With the beautiful and accomplished Rebecca Runnals by his side, we can’t wait to see what this #CelebrityRacingCouple have in store for fans!

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16 comments on “Hewitson To Chase SA Title

  1. Kenny Masilela says:

    Let us hope the trainers will support all the jockeys chasing the title. A championship is almost meaningless in South Africa because it is decided by the trainers.

  2. Martin le Roux says:

    Champion jockey from a champion racing family. One of the best of young gents we have in the jockeys ranks. Wish him well and every success. Don’t know about the championship though. got a feeling Japan Racing Association will be looking for him.

  3. L. Govender says:

    Hewitson did not fare particularly well overseas..

  4. Asgar Essack says:

    The experience that Hewitson gained in Hong Kong and Japan will definitely
    make him a force to be reckoned with.
    This season will be a real challenge.
    Because jockeys will be confined to their
    Provinces most of the time.
    May the best jockey win.
    Personally I will throw my rank outsider
    Mark Khan as a great contender for the title..
    I remember Andrew Fortune causing an upset a few years ago
    I will like to see what odds Hollywood is offering on Mark Khan.
    to lift the title.

  5. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…
    L Govender is that it ? Did your battery life give up on you ? Asgar Essack save your cash Boetie,, 1st off Mark Khan is passed that stage of chasing a title…And as for you saying Andrew Fortune cause a upset,,can you pls elaborate more on what one means by that,,what Andrew adchieved maybe 1 in 100 million could adchieve,,it was 1 long and lonely road for the man..Andrew winning the SA Jockey Championship for me is definitely 1 of very few highlights in my racing career

  6. Cecil Pienaar says:

    I make the title a 3 horse race – Kennedy, Lerena and Hewitson, De Melo for 4th. Best outsiders Marcus and Ferraris, travel or not

    Have a Good Day,,,,,,,

  7. Vic Persadh says:

    Good evening.well done to this young man and may he grow from strength to strength. Obviously when you are given on a plate all the opportunities in the world then we see this as an opportunity for great things to come.Sadly in this country we cannot say the same for the darker shade of the rider’s.why is it so???For decades we forget these hardworking illustrious professionals .We often or always blow the horn for a select few.With the recent lockdown rules and limitations on jockey movement more trainers owners etc were exposed and compelled to use the services of apprentices, more black jockeys etc and what did we see?a rise in the winners box for several of them. Top stables and top horses make top jockeys!!!take note a new generation is coming to take over..
    I would like to see more opportunities for the previously disadvantaged jockeys of colour.This forum gloats about this former champion yet my God he failed in the overseas trial.Perhaps we should call a spade a spade be more realist and truthful in this game and industry and trust the people who so often do the ride work on the horses but get very little opportunity to show their true colors and abilities.
    Look at the statistics for the past 60 days before anyone elects to blast me on my observations. A case of note is the prolific riding abilities and performance of jockey Loius mthotwa in the PE racing jurisdiction .Based full time in PE and never afforded opportunities in other centers but for years he regularly boots home the winners.not to mention Grant van niekerk morne Winnaar etc.perhaps the time has come for us to see more articles in your forum about these proudly south african other children than only comment on the fairer shades .Afterall 26 years into democracy we still racing with permanent blinkers..look at the composition of racing…from directors in the racing clubs to jockeys trainers ,commentators, television presenters so called useless tipsters,we have not moved an inch in the positive way..why this prejudice permeates the air I still cannot understand but I pray to God that sanity will someday prevail and we will have more equal opportunities for all to enjoy to the sunshine and hay..come on guys let’s be honest with our selves and open debate on this subject..another case that comes to mind is our adopted Mauritius son the prodigal Karis Teetan.surely his performance can be accredited to South Africa but do we do justice and appreciate what he too has accomplished overseas???
    I rest my case and thank you for this forum of debate.

  8. PL.NEL says:

    Ah really Vic the race card really,, bullshit. I backed Khumalo to win July and title, the fact that he fell out of that stable before Lyle rocked up, shows your case falling flat. Add Yeni who had tons of support although it not being from Tarry and still rode many winners. And Fortune is another and Khan is yet another. Stick that card back where it belongs and fits matey.

  9. Asgar Essack says:

    Hi Mr Vic I think it is. very unfair of you to
    make a statement that jockeys of colour are not given the proper recognition and opportunities in South Africa.
    Not very long ago Samanga Khumalo was the Champion of S. Africa.
    There was an International jockeys championship and Muzi Yeni captained the
    S.African team.
    As far as I know there is no obstacles for any jockeys or trainers of colour.
    It is entirely up to them to work hard and achieve their objectives.
    Let us not dwell in the past,this is a beautiful game.let us all march forward together and make this the most beaitiful sport in S.Africa.
    Coming back to the subject of the title
    I believe I found another shrewdy for the title and that is Craig Zackey.
    Frankie my brother who do you think will win the title.

  10. Cecil Pienaar says:

    I am only interested in the official ‘Racecard’ printed or online…

    Oh please let The Minister of Sport not read some of these comments and get involved. LoL, he will start by changing all the horse’s names…

    Happy Women’s weekend

  11. donald bradshaw says:

    Mr. Vic Persadh please take note of Asgar Essack when , and here I take the liberty of quoting him verbatim , ” It is entirely up to them to work hard and achieve their objectives ” !

    Write that in your diary , underline it and remember it before you next pen a comment that consists almost entirely of a whine in respect of ” white versus black ” ( you said lets call a spade a spade so I have followed your advice ) !

  12. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…
    Asgar with the current position jockeys find themselves in and if it continues for another 3 months plus I’ll like to think Luke Ferraris will fight it out with Lyle Hewitson,,if I’m not mistaken Gauteng host more meetings on the racing calendar which should favour the Gauteng Jocks..I believe that Luke has a slight advantage over Lyle knowing that Lyle is stable jockey to Sean Tarry whereas Luke is not tide down to Sean Tarry as much as Lyle is,, if one also takes notice they’ll see that the bigger yards are giving Luke some really good rides and why not,,he’s a young Kid that has a unbelievable racing riding head on shoulder,,he’s good I mean really good,, I’ve always said Luke will win a SA championship at a young age,, he’s certainly got lots going for him at the moment and should take full advantage of the opportunities…

  13. Gavin bechan says:

    The best jock in this country is Aldo domeyer
    . I hope he travels.. Richard Fourie doesn’t travel so he is out.. The rest of them are average

  14. MichaelMGJ says:

    In Frankie Zackey’s book, Luke Ferraris is the Hawwaam of South African racing!

    Seriously though, we shouldn’t play the racecard with jockeyship. I remember Mark Khan dominated the SA championship for years with the Geoff Woodruff yard. Smanga Khumalo, Andrew Fortune were champion jockeys at one stage. Grant Van Niekerk, Aldo Domeyer, Muzi Yeni Charles Ndlovu, Sean Veale, Morne Winnaar and Joshwin Solomons are riding at the top of their game right now. Trainers and owners want the best and I hope colour does not influence their decisions. I do wonder though why Khumalo was dumped from the Tarry stable, that one is strange?! Also why does Greef bring Cape jockeys to ride when he has a good rider in Ndlovu?

    So there are a few questions around, but overall I think if the jockeys deliver and do their best, colour should not be a determinant, only ability!

  15. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…
    MichealMGJ it will pay you to hush and follow what I say,, it comes with many years of experience…

  16. MichaelMGJ says:

    Maybe Luke Ferraris should ride Hawwaam in his first grade 1 race overseas.

    And Frankie Zackey should be the commentator!

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