Leading South African rider Lyle Hewitson will boot home the winners for the rest of the season with Kuda Insurance as his primary sponsors.
The 23-year-old jockey, who won the national championship in 2018/19, currently leads this season’s log with 89 wins going into his meeting at the Vaal. He will also be in action at Kenilworth where he has five runners carded for the day – four with trainer Andre Nel and one with Candice Bass-Robinson.
The talented rider expressed his delight at joining up with Kuda Insurance, calling it “a partnership, not a sponsorship”. He has also signalled his intention to regain his South African jockeys title and currently leads the way over Greg Cheyne in that race.
Given the backing of insurance heavyweights Kuda, Hewitson will benefit from the assistance provided by a company whose reach extends far wider than the race tracks.
“I’m really excited and privileged to partner up with Kuda Insurance,” Hewitson said. “I say partner not sponsor, because it’s a relationship between Kuda as a company and myself as an individual in promoting each other and growing our images together.”
Hewitson has had a meteoric rise to success and earlier in the year spent time in Hong Kong and Japan where he quickly became something of a favourite, popular with the media and the racing fraternity itself as he endeared himself to the locals.
“It’s a privilege for me to represent a specialised insurer such as Kuda who are a niche brand in their industry,” he said of his latest development. “I’m also ambitious and want to be the best in my field. By us working together I really believe that we can both achieve our goals. It’s a huge thrill for me and I’m very grateful for this opportunity to represent such a great brand. Long may it last and I know that it will be a successful partnership together. I’m really looking forward to it and can’t wait to get started.”
Hewitson is the second jockey to receive the backing of Kuda, the other being Sandile Mbhele, who is on 13 winners for the 2020/21 season and is closing on a career landmark of 100 winners.