Lyle Hewitson earned a long-awaited and deserved first Happy Valley win tonight (Wednesday, 22 January) to help trainer David Ferraris continue his solid form this term, particularly with his stable’s old-stagers.
The two-time South African champion jockey has had a stark introduction to Hong Kong racing, with his stats rolling into tonight’s nine-race card reading one win from 174 rides – a win strike rate of 0.57%.
But Hewitson has not buckled in the face of limited opportunities. After enduring a barren four months before sealing his breakthrough Hong Kong win at Sha Tin, the extra 24 days for his Valley follow-up must have seemed a breeze.
“It’s probably a lot more exciting here at the Valley with the atmosphere,” Hewitson said after driving the Ferraris-trained Kiram (116lb) to a neck verdict in the Class 3 Hung To Handicap (1650m).
“Without blowing my own trumpet, I feel I’ve been riding really well and getting positive results from limited opportunities. Obviously, when I get that little bit of a squeak I have to make the most of it.”