Lyle cel­e­brates his se­nior­ity with two win­ners

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - RACING EXPRESS - Ken Ni­col

Reign­ing cham­pion jockey Lyle He­wit­son cel­e­brated com­plet­ing his ap­pren­tice­ship by win­ning on his first two days as a fully qual­i­fied rider.

This was ex­cel­lent news for the young man’s new rid­ing agent – long-time Tel­ly­track pre­sen­ter Deez Dayanand.

First up, on Fri­day, He­wit­son scored on Malinda in Race 2 at Fairview. The filly came home by a com­fort­able 1.50 lengths for his reg­u­lar Port El­iz­abeth em­ployer Yvette Brem­ner – go­ing off top of the book­mak­ers’ boards at 22-10.

Then He­wit­son kicked off Satur­day’s Turf­fontein meet­ing by car­ry­ing the fa­mous brown and white Beck fam­ily silks to vic­tory aboard Sean Tarry-trained Ca­vi­var. This first-timer started at odds of 4-1 and com­fort­ably de­feated 5-4 favourite Masaaqaat from the Mike de Kock yard by 2.25 lengths.

Ap­pren­tices can­not be rep­re­sented by agents in terms of Na­tional Horserac­ing Au­thor­ity rules, but Dayanand was reg­is­tered as He­wit­son’s right-hand man on the same day that the lat­ter of­fi­cially be­came a jockey.

Dayanand – who has also rep­re­sented for­mer cham­pion An­thony Delpech – was en­thu­si­as­tic about the new part­ner­ship.

“It’s some­thing we agreed on a while back. I’ve been wait­ing for this and I am thrilled the day has fi­nally come,” said the pop­u­lar pun­dit.

He­wit­son made mod­ern rac­ing his­tory in July last year when he be­came the first ap­pren­tice jockey to win the na­tional cham­pi­onship since the leg­endary Michael Roberts nearly 50 years ear­lier.

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