Hewitson booked for Got The Greenlight in VDJ

PUBLISHED: 30 June 2020

Lyle Hewitson (Candiese Lenferna)

Got The Greenlight will be prepared out of his home base of Turffontein for the Vodacom Durban July and incumbent national champion jockey Lyle Hewitson has been booked for the ride.

Hewitson, whose minimum riding weight is 52kg, was booked some time ago and it has worked out perfectly as Got The Greenlight looks set to carry 53kg, meaning he will hardly carry any deadweight.

Got The Greenlight (Candiese Lenferna)
Got The Greenlight (Candiese Lenferna)

Under the current lockdown protocols the Joey Soma-trained Gimmethegreenlight colt will have to stay at Summerveld until Wednesday before traveling back to the Highveld.

He becomes unsettled in any stable away from home and relaxes as soon as he is back in his own stable at Turffontein.

Furthermore, Soma only has a small string so there are not many capable of working upside him. 

Soma thus needs to improvise and he feels being on tracks the horse is familiar with will help his cause. 

Got The Greenlight sauntered to his second Grade 1 victory at Hollywoodbets Greyville and third career Grade 1 when winning the Daily News 2000 under Bernard Fayd’Herbe yesterday.

It was the coming together of the Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban three-year-old form and Johannesburg well and truly put the others in their place.

Got The Greenlight was still cantering as they turned for home, while the favourite Golden Ducat and the fancied Sachdev were already being driven.

He had to veer around Padre Pio, who had set the pace well clear of the rest of the field, but he then exerted his authority.

He might have appeared to be tiring in the latter stages as Fayd’Herbe had to drive him out but Soma pointed out he was a “very intelligent horse” who only did what he needed to and tended to idle when in front. In fact, he did the same in the Grade 1 SA Classic but when challenged by Green Laser and Youcanthurrylove he simply changed gears and found the extra to repel them.

Soma added he was hardly blowing at all after yesterday’s race and said he had come of it sound and well.

The eventual 1,50 length runner up yesterday, the Dennis Bosch-trained Vercingetorix gelding Padre Pio, had appeared to be fading coming up the hill from the 800m mark but in actual fact Craig Zackey was just giving him a breather and he stayed on well in the straight.

However, Bosch’s immediate thoughts of a next target seemed to favour the Grade 1 Champions Cup over 1800m on Gold Cup day rather than the Vodacom Durban July. 

Philanthropist gelding Golden Ducat was attempting to earn a history-making third Grade 1 victory over the weekend for the reigning Equus Champion broodmare Halfway To Heaven, who is also dam of Hawwaam (Silvano) and Rainbow Bridge (Ideal World).

However, he took a long time to get going in the straight and was eventually beaten 1,55 lengths.

Shango was finishing fastest of all for a 3,05 length fourth in a run which was quite reminiscent of Pomodoro’s fifth pace Daily News finish in 2012. The Sean Tarry-trained Captain Of All colt runs in the same blue and red Chris van Niekerk silks carried to victory by Pomodoro and Heavy Metal in the 2012 and 2013 Julys respectively. 

Of all the preparation races, participants in the Daily News 2000 have produced the most July winners. By David Thiselton