LYLE Hewitson added to an already hugely successful stint in Japan with a stunning off-the-pace win in the Grade 2 Aoba Sho (Derby Trial) over 2400m, Sunday morning.

He turned for home on the 33/10 third favourite Authority lying 6th on the rail.

But there was clearly going to be no way through, and before long wisely chose to switch outwards. 

After being held up for a while he was forced to shuffle even further to the extreme outside. 

But an undaunted Hewitson kept his mount balanced, and they unleashed a barnstorming finish to win by an extending neck. 

Unsurprisingly his impressive 600m to finish time of 34.1 seconds was faster than any other. 

And the winning stake of 54 million yen translates to an impressive R9.5 million. 

The great victory completed another brilliant day for the young SA champion, as he had previously also won an Allowance Plate for three-year-olds over 1600m, and the minor feature Shunko Stakes(dirt) over 2100m.

He heads back to home shores after his final meeting on Sunday. But given what he has achieved in the land of the rising sun, I think it’s safe to say he will be returning before too long. -TAB News.