Kyle Strydom wins race in UK upon moving over

Kyle Strydom, a former champion apprentice in his native South Africa, celebrated a first winner in Britain aboard Expressionless in the 1m½f classified stakes.

Strydom teamed up with Newmarket trainer Dylan Cunha, similarly from South Africa and father of the rider’s girlfriend Emily, for his breakthrough win having recently joined Roger Varian.

The 21-year-old rode 103 winners in South Africa and was successful on just his second mount in Britain. He finished fourth on Mr Fayez for the same trainer at Lingfield last week.

Strydom said: “It’s a special moment and great to ride my first winner here for Dylan. It’s been challenging getting everything set up but it’s brilliant to be here and to work at a big yard in Mr Varian’s.

“When I pulled Expressionless out a furlong out I thought we were in with a chance. Thankfully he kicked on and ran straight through the line.

“It would be good to get more rides and to improve the quality as time goes on, but it’s exciting to get started with a winner.”

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