Hong Kong – Lyle Hewitson is discovering first-hand that Hong Kong racing’s reputation as an ultra-competitive crucible is not just empty spin.

Six weeks into his first season, the two-time South African champion is winless after 44 rides, spanning only seven of the campaign’s 10 meetings so far thanks to an untimely early suspension.

But the young rider, 21, heads into today’s Happy Valley’s fixture upbeat and confident his ability and work ethic will win through.

“It is tough here,” he said. “The setback was the two weeks off, which was a kick in the teeth, but I’ve been working hard and been pretty optimistic and I remain hard-working and happy so I’m sure I’ll crack the ice soon.

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