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Met – Weight For It!

Leading trainers give their views

The R5 million Sun Met is now officially the blue riband of the South African turf, with the 2000m contest’s newly accorded weight-for-age status getting an overall stamp of approval from some of our leading trainers.

2017 Sun Met

The January social spectacle dates all the way back to 1883 and is run at South Africa’s oldest – and most beautiful – racecourse.

Sean Tarry – pleased with the change

The balancing act of quality versus the need to ensure the betting turnover that powers the engine of the Sport Of Kings, appears to be of less concern than was envisaged and the overall consensus is that a striving for excellence is of far greater priority.

SA champion trainer Sean Tarry, who saddled 2005 Met winner Alastor, summed things up well. He  said that he felt that the decision was a good one and that it was easy to talk from one’s own perspective at any given point in time.

“I definitely didn’t start off training with my present string and I may well have Legal Eagle this year – but who says I get to saddle a Legal Eagle every year? In the bigger scheme of things, it’s a raising of the bar and that’s to be commended,” he said.

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2 comments on “Met – Weight For It!”

  1. Remember Azzie wanted to go for a grass gallop with Abashiri instead of running him in the Victory Moon carry top mass.Well after listening to him after the first race Thursday,seems like he will be getting his grass gallop during the race.
    He actually said something like ,’It will not be ideal for Abashiri to win(the Victory Moon)
    And because of the penalty he might get ,’We will have to see what we do with him’.(Supposedly where they want him to finish so that he does not get a penalty)
    Have to listen to that interview again to make sure he did not say they going to run Abashiri ‘cold’

  2. This race may have been first run in 1883, but I’m sure there is no complete list of the winners, as there were many times in its first 30 years when this handicap was not run.

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