Hong Kong – Lyle Hewitson hasn’t even finished his current short-term contract but he already has one eye on the unfinished business he will leave behind in Hong Kong when he sets out for Japan early next month.

The affable 22-year-old arrived in Hong Kong at the start of the season carrying high expectations after a prolific start to his career, but it’s been tough going for the South African, with only three winners from 225 rides.

Things have been brighter of late however, with two winners in the last month, but Hewitson made his decision to test himself in Japan while he was deep into a 140-ride drought that lasted until his first Hong Kong victory on 29 December.

“At the time of making my application I had one winner here and obviously things were tough,” he said.

“Fortunately, I had some people that I met during the (Hong Kong International Races) who helped me sort it out and I had already got the process going when things picked up again. I had two more winners and some good results and the (Jockey Club licensing committee) did offer for me to stay on but I couldn’t turn around and break that application with the Japan Racing Association.

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