Rising South African apprentice stars



South African jockeys ride in all corners of the globe with Karis Teetan the latest example of the polish the South African Apprentice Jockey School gives to the young apprentices.

Teetan finished the last Hong Kong racing season in third place on the Jockey Premiership with 47 winners. That might have been short of Joao Moreira’s 168 wins, with Zac Purton in second with 80 winners, but it was a fine achievement nevertheless.

Both Teetan and fellow Hong Kong based South African jockey Douglas Whyte have been issued short-term jockey’s license by the Japan Racing Association to ride between in Japan during the Hong Kong season break.

Teetan’s short-term riding license is effective from July 16 to July 31, 2016, while Whyte’s license is from July 16 to August 14.

Whyte, a leading jockey in Hong Kong for 13 seasons, will be riding in Japan under a short-term license for the first time in six years.

As these two products of the South African apprentice system further their riding careers world-wide comes the news of further rising stars in South Africa.

In a remarkable feat apprentice Lyle Hewitson lost his weight claim at The Vaal racecourse on July 12th after riding his 60th winner in the professional ranks aboard the Sean Tarry-trained A Greater Power.

South African apprentice Lyle Hewitson, picture Nkosi Hlophe – goldcircle.co.za

Hewitson achieved this feat in record-breaking time, having had his first professional ride on March 6th this year, and A Greater Power was only his 460th ride. He has Group 3 and a Listed wins and has ridden at a strike rate of just over 13%.

He finished in second place in the South African national apprentice championships for the season that finished last month, despite having only ridden for a third of the season. He was five winners behind fellow apprentice, and another rising star, Callan Murray’s 78 winners.

Both young jockey's display the importance of the work of the South African Jockey Academy based at Summerveld.