Nicci Garner: Champion apprentice Lyle Hewitson, on “medical leave” for 48 hours after a fall in the starting stalls at Fairview on Friday, is feeling “good to go” for the race meeting at Turffontein on Tuesday.
He said yesterday: “I’m a little stiff – which is normal with muscles when you wake up – but I’m a lot better.”
Hewitson had won Race 1 on Seattle Spell and his next mount was Cover Page in Race 3. “The horse flyjumped and hit the front gate, throwing me into the stalls,” said Hewitson. “I bit my lip and my whole face was covered with blood, so it looked far worse than it was.
“But there was some soft tissue damage to my lower back and my left leg went numb. I couldn’t put any weight on it, so I couldn’t ride again at the meeting. A shot of Voltaren, and I was feeling pretty good.
“The course doc said I could get checked out and ride on Saturday but was afraid I might have tweaked something so suggested I take time to rest over the weekend. That’s done the trick. I’m feeling pretty good right now.”
Hewitson is carded for six mounts at the race meeting at the Turffontein Standside track meeting.