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Met To Be Run In February

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There have been some important changes to the Western Cape feature races for the upcoming Summer Season.

In a notification today, the National Racing Bureau has issued the following advice:

The Sun Met is being run on the first Saturday in February.

The 2019 Gr1 Cape Derby celebrations for the Atyaab connections (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

The Cape Fillies Guineas has been moved to the second Saturday in December and the Cape Guineas to the 3rd Saturday in December, allowing 3 weeks from Gauteng’s Dingaans at the end of November and the Highveld’s Fillies Mile will be run 3 weeks before the Cape Fillies Guineas.

The Cape Derby has been moved off Sun Met day towards the end of February, allowing the top threeyear-olds to run in both the Sun Met and the Derby.

The movement of the Derby means that the Politician Stakes (Derby Trial) moves off LQP day and is now run on Sun Met day.

The Diadem Stakes, Prix du Cap, Cape of Good Hope Nursery and Kenilworth Fillies Nursery have moved to 22nd February, creating another ‘Mega Day’ of racing 3 weeks after the Sun Met.

Moving the two Nurseries earlier in the year is being done in the hope of attracting bigger fields as well as an additional opportunity for youngsters who did not win the Juvenile Stakes on Met Day.

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7 comments on “Met To Be Run In February

  1. WILLIAM MILKOVITCH says:

    My goodness gracious, that’s a lot better and in the right direction.

    Now to get the Meritgate shambles to go minus 10 points, backwards.

  2. Pops says:

    Have the French given the all clear to these changes?

  3. Armchair jockey says:

    What have the French to do with this Pop? What will now happen to the SA Classic which will be run 2 weeks after the Cape Derby? Is that going to be moved to its previous date? That would be strange given all the reasons offered earlier this year for the change of the dates of the Joburg triple crown races.

  4. Dave says:

    Oui Pops 🙂

  5. Michael Jacobs says:

    Actually the problem in the SA racing programme is the 2 Gauteng “seasons”. Half a summer season and half an autumn season. That messes up the entire racing programme. Summer season is for Cape Town, winter is for KZN and Gauteng should either have an autumn season or a spring season, not half of both summer and winter. The winter and summer are the peak sessons and Gauteng can fit in somewhere in between. The top Cape horses seldom contest the Gauteng seasons anyway, and the quality of horses racing in the big Gauteng races leaves a lot to be desired. England has got dozens of racecourse but only a few have big festivals( Goodwood, Epsom, Newmarket, York and Royal Ascot to name a few).

    A well laid out national racing programme revolving around the Cape Summer and the KZN Winter will allow for high quality racing for most of the year. Gauteng can fit in in the odd months between these peak seasons.

  6. Graham Hurlstone-Jones says:

    and the prawns ? gonna need lots more, lots……You can see horse people are involved in the calendar……That is a cracking season. A 3 year old could win the Cape treble ? The cape season looks exciting….Now get the posters made up of the new itinerary as it is ( with a bit of fluff ) and get them out there. People will start asking about it and the crowds will come. That calendar is what will get them talking then they will get to know the horses. It’s the crowds that keep it real, by the time it gets to what is my favourite day more because of the vibe those prawns are going to be stacked high. I have a good feeling about this season.

  7. Cecil says:

    Hello Frankie Zackie –

    Past SundayTribune article, Quoting MdK as saying Hawwaam will race in CT, the Qplt and Met, also BBC and Soqrat for selected races.

    These changes makes sense

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