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Met To Gather Momentum

Final field on Wednesday

While it is difficult to gauge the level of hype or traditional ‘Met fever’ at this stage of the game, with all the other distractions at play, the R1 million Gr1 Cape Town Met should gather plenty of momentum this week with the declarations due at 11h00 on Wednesday.

The last time the Met was run for a stake of ‘just’ R1 million was from 1999, which was Horse Chestnut’s big year, through to Angus in 2003.

Flashback to 2003 – Piere Strydom and Angus win Met

It was increased to R1,5 million in 2004 when Mark Khan booted Yard-Arm home for Geoff Woodruff.

There are 21 entrants left to fill 20 berths after Justin Snaith reduced his 2021 class to just three potential runners with Nexus and Sachdev withdrawn late last week.

Snaith, in his bid to win the race for a second time,  has accepted with all of Belgarion, Do It Again and comeback kid and past Winter Series hero, African Night Sky.

Declarations close at 11h00 on Wednesday, 20 January.

Barrier Draws will be done electronically by the NRB on the same day.

See the betting below

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13 comments on “Met To Gather Momentum

  1. Vishal Mungroo says:

    Off the topic, I get home from work, switch telly track on just to catch the last race preview, presenters at greyville mention Duran in the last no chance as he runs from the back and part owned by Graeme Hawkins who infact mentioned the above comment, race runs and Duran, placed 3rd in running wins like a champ… Are these guys commenting to put us punters off, maybe the pre interview can be verified as maybe I’m going crazy and heard wrong… Safe to say I left it out of my bets…

    1. Editor says:

      They wouldnt be putting punters off Vishal -what would be the reason?

      Yesterday Kevin Shea said he didnt believe Fat Cigar could win
      Its all in good faith – listen dont listen

  2. Vishal Mungroo says:

    Kevin didn’t own the horse unlike today, does it mean the trainers are not transparent to their owners, the horse was 6/1 so was fancied at the bookies unlike the one mentioned so comparing apples to oranges… Anyways lessons learned… Mute previews esp KZN

  3. G. Naicker says:

    Mr editor. Neither of u are wrong. Just another concern have u seen the number of stable companions that have one in the last ten days or so. This is to much of a coincidence. Especially in Kzn. Results have been disastrous.

  4. chris evans says:

    Talking about the Met and I will probably upset a lot of people but I have to comment before the big day.Listening to Stan and Fi on Saturday was like a breath of fresh air compared to having to listen to Neil Andrews constant attempt at humour coupled with boring frivolous statements on Queens Plate Day.When interviewing he constantly trys to answer the question or put words into the mouths of who he is engaging.I have met Neil on course a few times and he is a lovely chap but if he is to be kept on for big days he should do a serious study of UK presenters and or Stan and Fi and cut out trying to be funny all the time.

  5. George says:

    This one is about Sheldon Peters, I have never heard a commentator anywhere in the world get such a thrill when the Favorites are beaten or under pressure. Today Race 3, I had 3 people message me about the way Sheldon Peters commentates about the favorites that are in trouble, the tone of his voice projects such excitement when they are under pressure or beaten. It’s like he can’t wait to let everyone know what trouble they are in. You never hear Aliaster Cohan commentate with such enthusiasm and Joy when the favorites are in trouble unlike Sheldon Peters. From now on I will be watching Durban Racing with no commentary.

    1. Editor says:

      George Zackey

  6. Sanjay Manisunker says:

    Yes, Guys horses always make fools of people, i also heard the preview where Graham Hawkins said his horse had no chance, someone puntered Duran on the tote, someone knew more than the trainer and the owners.

  7. Tony Ridgway says:

    Graeme said before the race he didn’t have a cent on his horse. I believe him.

  8. Graham Hurlstone-Jones says:

    I think I will stay out of this one Ed……

  9. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Morning Graham. No no, I would like your uncensored opinion, asseblief

  10. Selwyn Elk says:

    The above posts endorse what I have been saying for years, Teletrack should be an information programme and NOT a tipping service!! Punters are not interested in what Mr. X,Y,Z is putting his 100 South African Rand on, or his suggested exotic bets , especially if they are coming from Joe Soap. Come on Teletrack, start giving the racing public fact not fiction, let’s all save using the “mute” button day in and day out.


    Excellent point, Selwyn.

    Punters, study the form to the best of your ability and/or time available to you. You’ll be surprised how many longer priced winners you’ll find & I don’t mean 11-2.

    Sharing fancies or quizzing your buddies selections is way more productive & fun than what they dish up on TV.

    And to Nadine, the lady presenter from the Eastern Cape…stay fresh with your presenting style, don’t fall into the poor habits of other presenters by mentioning how close the quartet pool is to your prediction A MINUTE before the off.

    It’s absolutely rubbish and useless information to the punter. Remember to many of the production chiefs are out of touch.

    Keep up the good work, you are a credit to Eastern Cape racing.

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