Jack Milner: The race for this season’s jockey championship is likely to go down to the wire but Muzi Yeni seems to have a slight edge and could widen his lead on Monday at Flamingo Park.
Yeni and defending champ Lyle Hewitson entered yesterday’s Scottsville meeting on 146 winners each, five ahead of Anton Marcus.
Yeni and Marcus both scored two victories in Maritzburg while Hewitson failed to find the winner’s enclosure.
This put Yeni two wins ahead of Hewitson and five ahead Marcus.
At Flamingo Park, neither Hewitson or Marcus is riding, but Yeni will be out in full force.
“I’ve got some very good rides in Kimberley and I’m hoping for a few winners,” Yeni told us on Saturday.
Five of his nine rides are priced up as favourites, one as second favourite and three as third favourites.
While they still have to win, it will be a surprise if he does not go home with a few winners.
The best appears to be Time To Be Great in Race 7, who he rides for Bill Human. This six-year-old son of Great Britain is currently in good form and is well drawn at No 2. He also goes well for Yeni, who has ridden him five times for two wins, a second and a fourth.
The only concern is that he has yet to win over 1200m, though he has run second and third in his two runs over the course and distance. He won over 1300m last time, with Yeni up, so the distance should not be much of a concern.
Yeni’s other good rides look to be Baby Lets Mambo in Race 1, Space Warrior in Race 2, Loyal Lieutenant in Race 6 and Our Moon Shadow in Race 8.
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