Ken Nicol: Lyle Hewitson’s decision to try his luck in Japan has yielded swift returns.
For our hugely talented champion jockey took his win tally to three in two meetings following a double at Nakayama on Sunday.
Which already equals his total score in a frustrating six month Hong Kong spell.
He started in the opening Maiden 1800m, where second favourite Le Conte Bleu scored at the second time of asking for trainer Kazahiro Seishi.
In Race 6 he was again successful over the same trip.
This time it was on strong favourite Schedar for Toru Korita. The three-year-old was scoring his second win in as many starts, and came home by a comfortable 1.5 lengths.
And following a further second and fourth, he crowned it all with third in the showcase of the day – the Grade 2 Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho Deep Impact Kinen. He partnered Authority for Tetsuya Kimura and the colt was beaten just over two lengths.
The total prize money for this race was 103.5 million yen (R15.4 million), with the purse for third just over 14 million (about R2 million).
Nice work if you can get it.