Search
where the horse is always the hero
Article Item
Posted 2022-04-27 17:15:42  
Hewitson Treble Dominates Happy Valley

Lyle Hewitson, Douglas Whyte dominate Happy Valley with trebles

Banishing memories of December’s injuries, Lyle Hewitson exalted in the finest display of his Hong Kong career by posting a treble at Happy Valley on Wednesday night (27 April), matching South African compatriot’s Douglas Whyte’s effort to snare a three-timer.

Seriously injured in a fall in the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) on 12 December, Hewitson’s persistence was duly rewarded with consecutive wins on World Famous (Ricky Yiu), Valiant Elegance and Xponential – who are both trained by Whyte – to seal a determined, methodical recovery.

 

All three of Hewitson’s winners, along with Frankie Lor’s Rewarding Together, who claimed the Class 3 Min Fat Handicap (1200m) for Matthew Chadwick, had been stabled in Conghua before returning to Hong Kong for tonight’s meeting – a week after Conghua produced a trio of winners at the city circuit.

 

Notching the first treble of his career outside of his native South Africa, Hewitson suffered a fractured pelvis in December’s fall and was sidelined for several weeks before logging a frustrating sequence of minor placings.

 

The amicable 24-year-old struck the target with his first Hong Kong double at Sha Tin last Sunday (24 April) and made it five wins and two seconds from seven rides across successive meetings with his Happy Valley treble this evening.

 

“It’s fantastic. I’m very, very happy. All things are going well and just credit to everyone who has given me opportunities. It sounds like a stuck record, but you can’t do it without opportunities and I’m very happy for that,” Hewitson said after Xponential prevailed in the first section of the Class 4 Tsap Tseung Handicap (1200m).

 

“Things are going well. I’ve been working hard and getting as many good results from horses that were probably running above expectations and then the opportunities came.

 

“It took one or two wins just to get my confidence back up and, fortunately, I’m getting lots of rides that are worth coming to the course for and making the most of it.

 

“It’s been fantastic and I’ll never take anything for granted anymore. I’m just going to keep accepting those opportunities and make the most of them until the end of the season and come back in good spirits for next season.” 

Rate:
Email link to a friend | Printable Version
  • Hong Kong
    Displaying 10 ResultsSee All
    russian emperor adds another grade 1 to his tally 1 days ago

    Russian Emperor confirmed his status as the kingpin of Hong Kong’s staying division with a dom...

    View | Add Comment
    size hits 1400 victories in hong kong 2022-05-11

    Already considered a Hong Kong racing immortal, John Size became only the second trainer in the juri...

    View | Add Comment
    karis teetan stars with four-timer2022-05-08

    Riding in peak form, Karis Teetan slotted a quartet at Sha Tin on Saturday (7 May) to continue a stu...

    View | Add Comment
    golden sixty aims at japan 2022-04-25

    Golden Sixty stands alone as the highest prize money earner in Hong Kong racing history after the fa...

    View | Add Comment
    wellington stakes claims to hk best sprinter 2022-04-03

    Richard Gibson will attempt to crown Wellington’s season in familiar fashion by chasing victor...

    View | Add Comment
    teetan snares hong kong derby for chum2022-03-21

    Romantic Warrior has forged into BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) history as the first triumphant graduat...

    View | Add Comment
    moreira confident of derby ride 2022-03-18

    Riding in peak form and chasing a third BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m), Joao Moreira predicts this week...

    View | Add Comment
    teetan stars in 4 timer 2022-03-12

    Unleashing a decisive move in quest of a record 12th Hong Kong trainers’ title, John Size stam...

    View | Add Comment
    another hong kong trainer fined r1.2m for covid breaches 2022-03-01

    The Stewards today interviewed licensed trainer Dennis C H Yip regarding a matter referred to them i...

    View | Add Comment
    hong kong trainer fined r1.2m for covid breach 2022-02-28

    The Stewards today interviewed licensed trainer Frankie F C Lor regarding a matter referred to them ...

    View | Add Comment