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20 For Sun Met

Final field announced

A capacity field of 20 will line up for the R5 million Gr1 Sun Met to be run at weight-for-age at Kenilworth on 27 January.

Cascapedia – one of five ladies

Five fillies are the roses amongst the thorns that includes smashing three-times L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner, Legal Eagle.

The barrier draws will be broadcast live on Tellytrack on Wednesday from 16h15.

0 0 Captain America 60 118 A C Orffer Brett Crawford
0 0 Coral Fever 60 100 A M Yeni Robbie Sage
0 0 Elusive Silva 60 101 A R Khathi Justin Snaith
0 0 Krambambuli 60 105 A B Lerena Justin Snaith
0 0 Legal Eagle 60 123 T A A Marcus Sean Tarry
0 0 Marinaresco 60 118 BA A Domeyer Candice Bass-Robinson
0 0 Nebula 60 105 T A …………… Brett Crawford
0 0 Sail South 60 117 A G Cheyne Brett Crawford
0 0 Silicone Valley 60 111 A P Botha Glen Puller
0 0 African Night Sky 59.5 102 A B Fayd’Herbe Justin Snaith
0 0 Copper Force 59.5 109 A *L Hewitson Justin Snaith
0 0 Gold Standard 59.5 113 A R Fourie Glen Kotzen
0 0 Heavenly Blue (AUS) 59.5 106 A C Murray Mike de Kock
0 0 Horizon 59.5 98 A A Andrews Candice Bass-Robinson
0 0 Last Winter 59.5 107 A P Strydom Dean Kannemeyer
0 0 Nightingale 57.5 105 A M Byleveld Candice Bass-Robinson
0 0 Nother Russia 57.5 108 A C Zackey Mike de Kock
0 0 Safe Harbour 57 101 T A R Danielson Sean Tarry
0 0 Cascapedia (IRE) 56 103 BA A Delpech Mike de Kock
0 0 Oh Susanna (AUS) 51.5 108 A G van Niekerk Justin Snaith

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18 comments on “20 For Sun Met

  1. james says:

    How good is oh susanna

    1. karel says:

      How good is Oh Susannah? MR 108 as things stand now.
      MR 108 is a measure from the official handicapper compared to the others in the race – like Legal Eagle being 123.
      That should give you perspective – 15 points difference.

      Sporting Post ratings are Oh Susannah 98 vs Legal Eagle’s 116 – 18 points difference, same ballpark.

      Both suggest she’ll have to improve quite a bit to feature at weight for age.

  2. Philip Goldberg says:

    Such a pity that for some or other reason, our horses just do not keep running to form.
    Would’nt it be nice to see 20 horses with a 115 – 123 merit rating all fighting out the finish.
    Legal Eagle , Marinaresco to fight out the finish.
    Anything else would be just rude , and out of turn.

  3. Ernest says:

    Oh Susannah MR108 carries 51.5.
    Casacapedia MR 103 carries 56

    Confused!!???

    1. karel says:

      It is called weight for age, meaning MR doesn’t come into setting of the weights (but it does in predicting the outcome of the race!).
      Younger horses get an allowance based on (im)maturity.
      Oh Susannah is a 3yo, born in September 2014.
      Cascapedia is a N-hemisphere bred 4yo, born in April 2014.

      The conditions are spelled out in the program:
      Open to Horses at Weight-For-Age
      Fillies and Mares allowance 2.5 kg
      Additional Northern Hemisphere Allowance : three-year-olds 2.5kg • four-year-olds 1.0kg

      Weight for Age over 2000m in January officially is 6kg for 3yo’s and half a kilo for 4yo’s

  4. Brian says:

    I still fancy a bit bit of copper here but Oh Susanna with that weight?

  5. Blue Peter says:

    Whiskey Baron came flying last year in the Plate and ran on in the Met. Any wager on Lyle to repeat.

  6. WILLIAM MILKOVITCH says:

    What joke of a race it has become…. firstly, poor Coral Fever, around or about 100 MR , secondly Horizon (+- 98 MR), thirdly Safe Harbour (filly with -+102 MR) and finally Elusive Silva (+-100 MR) haven’t a snowball’s chance of finishing in the first 2.

    Just compare these 4 weights to the weights allocated when Horse Chestnut won in 1999.

    These horses, a few years back, would have at least been allocated a weight with a sporting chance of been competitive.

    That was The Met ….

    Regards

    William

    1. Roderick Mattheyse says:

      Why are the best horses not allowed to win the best races – thats no joking matter

    2. bren5604 says:

      It’s a Group 1. Why do you want it to be a handicap?

  7. So Roderick, you prefer The Met to be continued as race as close to a WFA race as possible.

    You are not keen about a showcasing a pure handicap @ the end of each January ?

    Regards

    William

  8. WILLIAM MILKOVITCH says:

    The Durban July was a handicap – GROUP 1

    Durban July Handicap
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    68. ROTHMANS JULY HCP (Gr. 1)

    2100m GREYVILLE 4 Jul 1964
    ROTHMANS JULY HCP
    Winner R 27,825, 2nd R 7,000, 3rd R 3,500, 4th R 875
    Fin Horse Orgn Age Sex Jockey bl./Alum. Dr. Wt.
    Half
    kg Wt.
    lb Dist.
    lgth Race
    FMR
    lb wfa
    FMR
    lb best
    FMR
    lb Comment odds
    to
    1
    OP SP
    1 NUMERAL SAF 4 C R RHODES 14 98.2 108 0.00 119 119 134 6
    2 TOP GALLANT SAF 3 C C BARENDS B 3 98.2 108 0.20 118 124 124 5
    3 PTOLEMY SAF 3 C G TURNER 9 92.7 102 1.45 111 117 117 11
    4 JEREZ SAF 6 C C PALM 5 115.5 127 2.45 134 134 134 16
    5 CUFF LINK SAF 4 G J BYRNES B 12 98.2 108 2.65 115 115 129 12
    6 REFERENCE SAF 4 C A TAYLOR B 4 93.6 103 2.85 109 109 109 33
    7 ESCORT II GB 5 C R SIVEWRIGHT B 13 118.2 130 7.35 130 130 130 5.5
    8 ARCTIC CIRCLE SAF 4 C D ALEXANDER 15 90.0 99 7.45 99 99 99 25
    9 NEW CHIEF SAF 6 G J MCCREEDY B 6 107.3 118 7.95 117 117 117 33
    10 ALYSSUM SAF 5 C P CAYEUX B 8 89.1 98 8.70 96 96 96 14
    11 CRICKET SAF 4 G J GORTON B 16 90.9 100 8.80 97 97 97 33
    12 LOGE SAF 4 G B HAYDEN B 18 92.7 102 9.80 97 97 97 33
    13 SPECIALITY SAF 6 C J WHYTE 11 108.2 119 10.00 115 115 115 14
    14 CASANOVA SAF 6 C I BAILEY 2 98.2 108 10.10 94 94 94 33
    15 FAIR MOUNTAIN SAF 3 C S AMOS 17 92.7 102 10.30 97 103 129 6
    16 ALHAMBRA SAF 4 C A ROBERTS 10 94.5 104 10.80 98 98 98 25
    17 KERASON SAF 8 C T LANGE 19 101.8 112 11.30 106 106 106 33
    18 PERSIAN WONDER GB 5 C H WRIGHT 7 118.2 130 11.80 123 123 123 12
    19 HAY TROP SAF 6 C B LITTLE 20 110.0 121 11.90 113 113 113 33
    20 QUO BANCO GB 3 C R WATSON 1 89.1 98 25.90 84 93 93 25

    Track Condition
    Going: Good
    Winners time: 2 mins 9.8 secs

    Race Overview

    ‘The Rothmans July Handicap R39,200 – 1 mile 2½ fur.’

    ‘There were thirty-six entries for the most valuable race yet run in South Africa and twenty finally accepted. The value to the winner this year was R27,825 (£13,912 10s. 0d.) and flavour was added by the presence in the field of three horses imported from England. Under the present rules these had to race on not less than weight-for-age terms and two of them, Escort II and Persian Wonder, were given an extra pound by the handicapper and each carried 9 st. 4 lb. Next to them in the handicap was the best horse in South Africa, the six-year-old Jerez set to carry 9 st. 1 lb. (3 lb. less than weight-for-age). The best three-year-old in the country, Top Gallant, the winner of five feature races including the Cape of Good Hope Derby and the Natal Derby, was set to carry 7 st. 10 lb. (16 lb. less than weight-for-age).

    1. karel says:

      You have clearly lost the plot.

      1. WILLIAM MILKOVITCH says:

        Indeed, copy and paste has it’s limitations

  9. WILLIAM MILKOVITCH says:

    Numeral 98.2 half kilo’s = 49.1 kgs or 108lbs

    Jerez 115.5 = 57.5 kg or 127 lbs

  10. Pmb says:

    I think the question really should be ” What value does the G1 status have?”
    Because the next question is “what is the value of having an inferior horse achieve that status?”

    I would rather see some big money G2 handicaps, but all the G1 races at WFA for the status to be reserved for those performing at the highest level, and for the status of G1winner to be meaningful.

    1. Graham Martin says:

      could’nt agree with you more, there’s exactly one(1) Gr2 handicap over 1800m in the entire country in
      a calender year! All the other Gr2 races are so called Conditions races where the weights are allocated on conditions and not on actual FORM!

  11. Greg says:

    I’m with William here – takes away the fun around competitive form analysis. I feel for horses like Coral Fever and Safe Harbour. I actually have a yearling that could win this race, wonder what weight he would end up carrying…?

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