‘Whatever it takes’ – South African champ Lyle Hewitson all out for success on second stint in Hong Kong

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Lyle Hewitson: South African champion has been granted a licence to ride in Hong Kong again. Photo: HKJC

By Jon Lees

Hong Kong: South Africa’s three-time champion jockey Lyle Hewitson is returning to Hong Kong with a promise to do “whatever it takes” to leave his stamp on the ultra-competitive riding ranks after he was granted a licence to the end of the season.

Hewitson, 23, cut short his stay in 2020 after enduring a frustrating period in which he managed just three winners in six months and took 140 rides to get off the mark.

He has continued to succeed elsewhere, riding 19 winners during a two-month stint in Japan, while at home he partnered 263 winners on his way to a third national title, performances which have helped him secure a second chance in Hong Kong.

“I have matured a lot since the first time around, and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to succeed there,” said Hewitson, whose licence will run from November 26 to the end of the season on July 16.

“I want to make this a long and fruitful venture, and although things improved a lot towards the end of my first stint there, I believe this time I will display who I am and what I am capable of.”

He continued: “I am looking forward to the highly competitive racing, and working alongside some of the best in the world over there too. I am grateful to the HKJC for this opportunity and will be out there to make them proud.”

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