Fairview trainer Zietsman Oosthuizen and apprentice Trent Mayhew were the toast of Gqeberha racing on Friday.
The Vereeniging-born Trent Mayhew only rode his first winner in August last year and boosted his career total by 25% with a career-first treble on the day.
The well-related Trent – his Dad Craig has been training racehorses for many years and sister Kelsey Mayhew-Munger is married to senior jockey Ryan Munger – is growing in confidence and booted home a double for Zietsman Oosthuizen, and a single winner for Duncan McKenzie.
Trent won the first on Lady Camper (14-1) for Duncan. He followed up in the fifth on 16-1 Tipsy Tina and the seventh on the 14-1 Alado’s Pride for the Ziets double.
“It’s been a long three years since November 2023 but it’s amazing that 20% of our stable won on the day,” chirped the delighted former Kimberlite Zietsman Oosthuizen, who said that he only has 11 horses, including the lead horse.
It was also a day of mixed fortunes for jockey Louis Mxothwa, who booted home his first winner for the Hollywood Syndicate as a new Sporting Post sponsored rider.
Mxothwa is riding at the top of his game and gave the sharpened up Vegas Gold a perfect ride to win the sixth.
But for him and and colleague Robert Khathi it was tough day on the scale and they may face a riding weight restriction in the future.
They were charged with a contravention of Rule 55.4 in that that they failed to weigh out at the carded weight or at the higher weight confirmed with the trainer – Mxothwa on Hildelita in the fifth and Khathi on O’Captain in the seventh. Both received a R5000 fine.
- The next Fairview racemeeting is on Friday 9 February.