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: 7
No of runs for season: 64
Win %: 10.94
No of wins for all weather: 0
No of 2nds for all weather: 0
No of 3rds for all weather: 2
All weather: 6
Total stakes: $10,744,020
Win stakes: $6,650,760
No of 2nds: 8
No of 3rds: 6
Percentage for season: 32.81
Profit/Loss: $184
Most Effective Distances
YearHappy ValleyShatin1000m-1200m1400m-1650m1800m-2000m2000m+
1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal
203421544449262284233010160000
Performance
DistanceWin2nd3rdLostTotal RideWin%
Happy Valley100013215214.76
120056545618.2
1650763456111.48
180010315195.26
2200010560
ShatinAll weather120024417277.41
165000110110
1800001230
Turf1200000000
1800000000
2200000000
100021028316.45
1200610940659.23
1400118127310410.58
160025435464.35
180014216234.35
2000000770
2200000000
2400000110
Odds of Runners
Draw Year<44-1010-2020+
1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal
200103433202222212119
Draw Statistic
Draw Year1-56-1011-14
1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal
20243224112513217
Trainer Partnerships
Trainer1st2nd3rdLostTotal
P. F. Yiu31228
C. S. Shum2001113
J. Moore2201115
A. S. Cruz00022
A. T. Millard00123
C. Fownes00011
C. H. Yip00011
C. W. Chang00224
D. Ferraris01001
D. Whyte01001
F. C. Lor01089
L. Ho01012
Y. S. Tsui01124