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Lyle Hewitson needs just one more winning ride to eclipse the number of victories by an apprentice. On Sunday at Greyville Hewitson equalled Gavin Lerena’s mark of 284 wins and he has so many good rides at the Vaal today it seems almost certain he will surpass that total during the meeting.

Hewitson only comes out of his apprenticeship early next year and after he won on Roy Had Enough and reached the magical 284 wins on Sunday, he said: “I’ve still got nine months to run and I intend to build up as big a lead as possible during the time.”

Hewitson had extensive work riders experience and was crowned champion before being accepted at the SA Jockey Academy after matriculating at Kearsney College and his apprenticeship was cut to three years.

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