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Picture: Gavin Lerena rode a double for Corrie Lensley at The Vaal on Tuesday (JC Photos).  

David Mollett (Business Day)

 
With a sixth-place finish in the 2021/2022 Jockeys Championship, one would conclude it was a reasonable season — if not an outstanding one — for Gavin Lerena.
 
That might be an injustice to the 37-year-old rider as his tally of 125 winners from just 709 mounts meant he had a strike rate of nearly one winner for every five mounts. He rode in 700 fewer races than fifth-placed Muzi Yeni.
 
Lerena, who began the year on a high when winning the Cape Met on Kommetdieding, missed a number of weeks in the campaign due to injury.
 
So to have a better strike rate than champion Warren Kennedy and only marginally inferior to that of Richard Fourie, it’s understandable the popular Highveld jockey feels things can go better this term.
 

Interviewed at the recent Equus awards, Lerena said: “I resume riding at the Vaal on August 30 and I’m determined to have a successful season.”

Bookmakers quote him at 40-1 for the title, which is not surprising considering he did not travel much last season and has not signaled he will do so this season.
 
He had a double for Corrie Lensley on Tuesday, but did not add to his tally today.
 
That leaves him on nine winners at a strike rate of 19.57%, which is eleven off the pace being set by Kabelo Matsunyane.