Hewitson to come out firing

Hewitson to come out firing


Viv Greybe: Champion jockey Lyle Hewitson could call the shots on Wednesday at the Greyville Polytrack where he has a strong book of rides.

He has a bye in the opener but will come out firing in Race 2 when teamed up with Alyson Wright-trained White Cedar in a maiden contest over 1400m.

Hewitson was aboard last time when the gelding returned from a short break and finished a promising second over the course and distance – and that was despite him not having a trouble-free run.

Equipped with blinkers for the first time he should go one better.

Next best are Final Assembly, Silva’s Fling and First Call.

Hewitson will be tough to beat in Race 3 when aboard Alistair Gordon-trained Belther in a Maiden Plate (F&M) over 1600m.

This three-year-old comes off two encouraging runs with Sean Veale up – more so, last time when coming from near last and finishing a short-head second over 1600m. With the advantage of a good inside draw the filly is unlikely to miss this time.

Her principal rivals are Ruby Slippers, Leanna, La Duchesse and Fonteyn.

Race 6, a MR 62 Handicap (F&M) over 1400m, sees Hewitson aboard a strong contender in Cape raider Hopeful out of Candice-Bass Robinson’s stable. This four-year-old has been threatening a second career win, especially in her most recent outing when a runner-up at Durbanville over 2000m.  The shorter distance should not be a concern as her first win was achieved over 1400m at Kenilworth.

Trainer Nathan Kotzen has called on the services of Hewitson for novice Mambo Lyric who has a bright chance of success in Race 7, a MR 62 Handicap (F&M) over 1400m.

This three-year-old exited the maiden ranks decisively four runs back over the course and distance. She confirmed her current fitness with an inspiring 0.50-length second in MR 62 Handicap over the course and distance. With a favourable inside draw this time she should be in the winner’s enclosure.

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