Stats / Jockeys / G. van Niekerk

G. van Niekerk

Type: Club Jockey

Background:
Age: 28. Grant Van Niekerk had never sat on a horse, nor had he followed horseracing, before he entered the South African Jockey Academy in January, 2007. Based at the Academy's Milnerton campus in Cape Town, his first race ride was aboard Combat Leader at Clairwood on 11 June, 2008 and the same horse became his first winner at the same track two weeks later. The emerging talent was the Western Cape Champion Apprentice in 2010/11 and became a fully-fledged jockey on 11 February, 2012. When he opted to accept a short-term contract to ride in Hong Kong from the start of the 2018/19 season he was the leading jockey in South Africa for the term, based on prize money won. Van Niekerk has 10 G1 wins to his credit including a memorable trio in 2018 on the crack filly Oh Susanna. His first elite success was achieved aboard Inara in the 2015 Paddock Stakes, one of five G1 wins for that partnership. He has accrued more than 700 wins in his career so far. Van Niekerk, a lightweight jockey who can ride at 114lb, represented his country at the 2016 South African International Jockeys' Challenge. His first Hong Kong pattern success was aboard Flying Thunder in the 2019 G3 Premier Cup.

Achievements:
Western Cape Champion Apprentice (2010/11).

Notable Race Wins Include
Paddock Stakes (2015 Inara, 2018 Oh Susanna), The Sun Met (2018, Oh Susanna), Woolavington 2000 (2018 Oh Susanna), Majorca Stakes (2015 & 2016 Inara), Empress Club Stakes (2016 Inara), Garden Province Stakes (2016 Inara, 2018 Snow Dance), G3 Premier Cup (2019 Flying Thunder).

Hong Kong Career Wins
(at start of 2019/20 season): 31 (wins strike rate: 7.35%).

General Performances
No of wins for season: 23
No of runs for season: 207
Win %: 11.11
No of wins for all weather: 1
No of 2nds for all weather: 3
No of 3rds for all weather: 4
All weather: 23
Total stakes: $36,409,395
Win stakes: $18,835,650
No of 2nds: 30
No of 3rds: 21
Percentage for season: 35.75
Profit/Loss: ($126)
Most Effective Distances
YearHappy ValleyShatin1000m-1200m1400m-1650m1800m-2000m2000m+
1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal
201111865121913142101469010131094135212002
Performance
DistanceWin2nd3rdLostTotal RideWin%
Happy Valley10002205922.22
120025216258
1650435122416.67
18001112520
220020002100
ShatinAll weather12001138137.69
1650011680
1800010010
Turf100020091118.18
120036122329.38
1400653304413.64
160004113180
18000037100
2000011350
2400000000
Odds of Runners
Draw Year<44-1010-2020+
1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal
20441141411127441167614243
Draw Statistic
Draw Year1-56-1011-14
1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal
2071777112998744549
Trainer Partnerships
Trainer1st2nd3rdLostTotal
P. F. Yiu6131323
C. S. Shum5732641
F. C. Lor3111621
J. Moore3542032
Y. S. Tsui341816
C. W. Chang153716
D. Ferraris11024
K. H. Ting10045
A. S. Cruz00123
A. T. Millard0121013
C. Fownes00022
C. H. Yip00066
D. Hall00044
D. Whyte03025
John Size01157
K. L. Man00011
L. Ho01124
P. O'Sullivan00101
W. Y. So00033