Trent And Ziets’ Fab Friday

Career first treble for young rider

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.

Zietsman Oosthuizen and Trent Mayhew enjoyed a Friday to remember (Pic – Pauline Herman)

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.

Vegas Gold charges home under Louis Mxothwa (Pic – Pauline Herman)

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.

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