SA’s champion jockey Lyle Hewitson is due back from Japan in South Africa on Tuesday after his weekend flight was cancelled.

He has enjoyed a very successful two-month stint in Tokyo with 19 winners, including two Gr2 wins, and has built up a wonderful following in the racing-mad country.

Lyle was a guest on the Takau-Kai show presented by the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) on Saturday night and commented: “I had to ride a mechanical horse against some popular comedians and public figures.

“My team comprised of Mikaela Michel, Yoshiyuki Kamimiya and Reika Sekmito, all young riders. It was a fun-filled show, a light-hearted competition which was thoroughly enjoyable. Best part, it was a hit with the local viewers judged by the response we had!”

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