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Cape Town Met – Class Of 2021

R1 million Gr1 Cape Town Met field

The field for the R1 million Gr1 Cape Town Met was unveiled without any pomp and splendour today.

That’s the non social nature of the new normal, and sadly even the once popular tradition of the Met gallops has fallen by the wayside.

The 2000m contest will be run at Kenilworth on 30 January under weight-for-age conditions and the class of 2021 looks to be a typically high-class representative one.

With the return to Johannesburg of Gauteng star Summer Pudding, the anticipated interprovincial needle has failed to materialise but Cape Champion trainer Justin Snaith nevertheless comes to the party with a powerful three-pronged attack headed by the current favourite Belgarion, past Queen’s Plate and July winner Do It Again, and the Cape Winter Series star, African Night Sky.

Snaith, who won his maiden Met with Oh Susanna in 2018, told Gold Circle’s David Thiselton this week that he was very happy with his trio after they put in their final big workouts this week.

Met favourite Belgarion heads Snaith attack. (Pic- Chase Liebenberg)

“I will be very surprised if Belgarion and Do It Again don’t both finish in the first four. Belgarion’s performance in the Green Point was brilliant but he was running fresh and before that I had never believed him to be a Queen’s Plate horse as it is over a mile and he is by Silvano. We were hoping, make no mistake, but the pace in the Queen’s Plate turned out to be on the slow side and he was shown to not be a miler.”

There are three members of the fairer sex in the eleven horse line-up.

Fanie Bronkhorst is a welcome raider with recent London News Stakes winner Running Brave, while Mike de Kock’s Paddock Stakes winner Queen Supreme and Adam Marcus’ exciting 3yo Princess Calla make up the trio.

The girls have won the Met five times in eleven runnings, and they all rate serious contenders.

R1 000 000 2000m 17:10 Ref-340
1st R600000, 2nd R250000, 3rd R100000, 4th R50000
Open to horses at Weight For Age
WFA: 3yrs-6kgs 4yrs-0.5kgs
No Apprentice Allowance
1 6 Rainbow Bridge 60 132 A L J Ferraris Eric Sands
2 9 Do It Again 60 131 CA A Marcus Justin Snaith
3 11 Belgarion 60 130 A R Fourie Justin Snaith
4 10 Cirillo 60 126 A G Lerena Sean Tarry
5 4 African Night Sky 60 115 A R Khathi Justin Snaith
6 3 Sovereign Spirit 60 106 BA A Domeyer Candice Bass-Robinson
7 2 Golden Ducat 59.5 128 A W Kennedy Eric Sands
8 7 Silver Operator 59.5 112 A S Mbhele Vaughan Marshall
9 8 Queen Supreme (IRE) 57.5 126 A K de Melo Mike de Kock
10 5 Running Brave 57.5 119 A G Cheyne Fanie Bronkhorst
11 1 Princess Calla 51.5 116 A G van Niekerk Adam Marcus
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(1,7) (2,3,5)

In an exciting boost for the Met meeting, Hollywoodbets has announced that its Punters’ Challenge has been extended to incorporate the Cape Town Met race day – this is in addition to all the usual KwaZulu-Natal race meetings at Hollywoodbets Scottsville and Hollywoodbets Greyville.

This special edition of the challenge will give punters the chance to win their share of R1,375 Million in prize money on Met day.

The Punters’ Challenge is a free to play tipping competition, requiring players to select one horse from each of the carded races on a race day.

Points are awarded depending on where the selection finishes, with bonus points being awarded for all winners tipped. The game is open to everyone from the shrewdest form studier, to those enjoying horse racing for the first time. All that is required to enter is an active Hollywoodbets account.

In this special Cape Town Met edition, a total of at least R200 000 will be won, with the winner receiving R100 000, and a further R100 000 shared amongst the rest of the top 50 finishers. In addition, Hollywoodbets has its Million Mania promotion, where R1 175 000 could be won by any lucky punter who manages to tip every winner on the race card.


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35 comments on “Cape Town Met – Class Of 2021

  1. Stallone Pillai says:

    Do it Again and Golden Ducat will fight it out

  2. Donald Bradshaw says:

    Ouch ! Only 11 runners for the Capes most prestigeous race ? The July has a ” waiting list ” all trying to get a run !

  3. Dev Govender says:

    I would confidently make Belgarion my banker if I knew there would be a decent pace on. But therein lies the rub as this is almost certainly going to be a crawl-and-sprint affair. So the value lies with Queen Supreme and African Night Sky as they’re both capable of racing handy and producing a decisive finishing kick early in the straight. The way QS accelerated in the Paddock Stakes- if she steals a march off a slow gallop, I can see the big guns coming at her late but falling short by a length or two.

  4. Sanjay says:

    The Princess will win only 51.5 kg and draw one the fav has to give her about 8.5 kg must have a each way chance weight stop trains

  5. John De Roock says:

    Prince’s Calla with Grant van Niekerk, all the way. He has a thing with the girls and a light weight.

  6. Sad state of racing affairs here in Cape Town.

    When you see Sovereign Spirit weighted with 60kgs off a 106, then you know our racing is in the gutter, deep down in the gutter.

  7. Nick Austin says:

    MET 2021 Commentator

    And we are off in the 2021 Cape Town Met.

    Running brave broke out well .
    African Night Sky behind her.
    Cirillo is placed in third.
    Rainbow Bridge well placed with Golden ducat who’s at the rail in 4th.
    Princess Calla behind those.
    Silver Operator is 5 lengths off the leader with Queen Supreme alongside. Then comes do it again and Belgarion at the back with sovereign spirit about 8 lengths off the leader as we approach the 1600m mark.

    Running brave continues to show the way with a good pace. Cirillo on her tail and African Night Sky drops to 3rd. Golden ducat continues to remain in 4th position alongside him his half brother Rainbow Bridge. Silver operator gets 1 or 2 to stay in touch to the leaders. The girls princess calla and queen Supreme stick together in the middle of the pack.
    Do it again 8 lengths of the leader and behind him is his stablemate belgarion and sovereign spirit drifts out a good 10 lengths behind the leader.

    Coming to the bend Running brave lengthens her lead by about 4 lengths. Cirillo remains in at 2nd position. African Night Sky beautifully placed in at third at the rail. Golden Ducat just a length behind. Rainbow Bridge shifts to 5th position. And then followed by silver operator and princess Calla. Queen Supreme and do it again one after each other and Belgarion behind those. Sovereign spirit doesn’t look to be a contender and hooks them in in the 2021 Cape Town Met.

    AS we approach the 800m mark running brave is a good 6 length leader. With Cirillo and African Night Sky behind her. Everybody wanting to position themselves in the home straight.

    Running brave with a good 6-7 lengths ahead at the 700m mark with African Night Sky moving into second. Cirillo drops to third. Golden ducat in the middle with rainbow Bridge on the outside been asked for a run. Princess Calla starts to run on. Alongside Queen Supreme asked for an effort. Silver operator falls to the back with sovereign spirit and do it again and Belgarion been asked to run on.

    At the 600m Running brave still has the lead with a 3l, on the inside African Night Sky. In the middle we have Golden ducat. Cirillo starts tiring out. Rainbow Bridge starts kicking on the outside. Queen Supreme absolutely flying down the middle. Belgarion has a couple lengths to make up with do it again.

    Approaching the 400m mark running brave a narrow leader. Rainbow Bridge in at 2nd on the outside stide. Queen Supreme continues to cover ground in at 3rd. Golden ducat in at 4th. Do it again and Belgarion start to run on. African Night Sky starts fading out.

    At the 300m Queen Supreme meets Running brave. Rainbow Bridge continues racing on the outside. Golden ducat and Belgarion flying down the middle with do it gain behind those.

    At the 200m its anybodys race queen Supreme hits the front. Running brave struggling to maintain pace. Rainbow Bridge continues pushing front. Golden ducat and Belgarion run together. Do it again a length behind belgarion. The rest of the field a good 2 lengths behind the leaders

    At the 100m mark Queen Supreme continues in 1st position. They all got to catch her. Golden ducat absolutely flying down the middle. Belgarion in at 3rd and rainbow Bridge in at 4th.

    Queen supreme still in front by a half a length . keagen de Melo keeps Queen Supreme unleashing every ounce of energy left in her. Golden ducat right there in 2nd . Belgarion looks to be running on too late.

    Queen Supreme Golden ducat, Queen Supreme on the line, ohh its close. Queen Supreme or Golden ducat. Belgarion finishes in 3rd. With a determined rainbow bridge in at 4th.

  8. Sivandran Naicker says:

    Wow what a commentary. Enjoyed it every step of the way!!

  9. Cecil Pienaar says:

    ???? Nice one Nick. Play your QT for R24, but also a bigger one, adding the Princess
    As the locals in Pmb will say ” Wont that be a ‘ting’ ”

    Hoping The SP Ed will make contact again with the Durban (fortuin verteller) that gave the July TF or was it QT –

    1. Editor says:

      Noted Cecil!
      The lady was spot on

  10. John Mynhardt says:

    The Princess for sure !!!

  11. david mollett says:

    The Sporting Post got it right with the comment of “no pomp and splendour” at announcement of Met field.
    How we miss the halcyon days when J&B were the sponsors – they looked after the racing public (affordable entrance fee and cheap on-course booze) and the media. The elder statesmen of the journo ranks like Andrew Harrison will fondly remember the J&B media bus which got us to Kenilworth in high spirits.

  12. Kirk toweel says:

    Golden Ducat , Belgarion , Princess Calla , Rainbow Bridge

  13. Yves says:

    If Lerena can get Cirilo in front where he always like to be then we are going to see the best of Pomodoro is son

  14. Michael Higgs says:

    agree with you Willie.Silver operator and sovereign spirit should not be in field. But guys the top 5 finishers in the July are running in the met so how can it be a bad field.Stop running Cape town racing down.The best horses come from here. The only 1 dissapointed for me is how can a top trainer who i respect in a big way run silver operator and not rascallion who i believe should have won guineas by 5 l. He has a race on his hands with kommetdieding so i look forward to that race will be the race of the day. Thanks Mike and Fanie for bringing yr horses down for the Met.Its good for racing.

  15. Cecil Pienaar says:

    I am just happy racing is still on. Cape season, a favorite like our own July season. Price money, travels etc an excuse, but hey, most of the top horses are in CT, right ????

    Vinnige Fanie ????????, won’t that be a thing if Running B runs into a place.


    Good points raised Michael.

    The Met is now as close as one can get to a WFA race.

    It certainly brings the top horses to race against each other 2000m, but I’m still a fan of the cream of the crop proving themselves against those just off the top on handicap terms.

    I keep banging on about this, for the simple reason that if the NHRA MR figures are to been believed, the 60 or 59kg weighted horses should have an equal & fair chance of winning as a 52kg entrant ?

  17. Dev Govender says:

    While one is used to seeing full fields for the Met, I’m not unduly unconcerned by the smaller line-up this year because it’s still quality over quantity. If DIA, RB, Belgarion and Golden Ducat ran in a four-horse Met, it would be a fascinating contest regardless. Throw in Queen Supreme, the best female in the country, and Cirillo who has proven himself against the big guns time and again, and we have a proper race – indeed, with the move to WFA a couple of years back, it basically stamped the Met as the country’s championship contest. I, for one, can’t wait for next Saturday.

  18. Dev Govender says:

    I forgot to mention African Night Sky – last run indicated he is back to his best, in which case he is definitely a worthy contender in a race of this stature.

  19. Mike Miles says:

    So Michael Higgs, are you going to say when Silver Operator or Sovereign Spirit happen to win the Met?
    Think about that before telling expert trainers in what races their horses should run.

  20. Michael Higgs says:

    agree Willie and Dev. No hopers in grade 1s just get in the way of the good horses. Small field but quality. All the best for Met day hit them hard.

  21. Michael Higgs says:

    Mike i say they run iast and 2nd last


    Mike Miles, I don’t understand you counter point.

    Are you saying that Rascallion would have been out of place had his trainer/connections decided to have a go and may I add, only suggested by Michael Higgs ?


    A three year old colt lining up in the Met would be a massive, massive drawcard & pointer for all.

    Mike Miles, haven’t the racing public been bombarded with claims that this bunch of 3 y/o’s is one of the best in decades ?

  24. Mike Miles says:

    Good morning William
    I’m saying I think Mr Marshall, Mrs Bass-Robinson or any other trainer are far better qualified than you or I or any other commentor on this platform, to judge the chances of their horses.

    Rascallion may well have had an outstanding chance in the Met. Maybe the July is his mission, maybe he’s injured. Maybe, maybe, maybe.

  25. Michael Higgs says:

    horse cant be injured yet Mike its running in the politian stakes.Trust me William knows more abt racing than many ! Including trainers.

  26. Mike Miles says:

    Mr Higgs, it’s irrelevant whether the horse is injured or not, it’s an example of why it’s not running in the Met.

    Anyway, seeing as you and William are so knowledgeable about training horses maybe you and he should take out a trainer’s licence in partnership. Who knows, you might even be champion trainers at season end.

  27. Mike Miles says:

    And there’s your answer as to why Rascallion isn’t running in the Met if he’s running in the Politician Stakes. His trainer clearly feels he has a better chance of winning that race.


    Oh goodness Mr. Miles, you have the wrong end of the stick.

    If you read my first post, I say racing in in the gutter in Cape Town when a horse like Sovereign Spirit is weighted with 60kg of mark of 106.

    This statement has no reference to the abilities of Mrs Candice Bass-Robinson’s training prowess,
    and you know that.

    My gripe as I mentioned above is that the MET has now practically been converted into a WFA or as near as one can get to a Weight For Age race.

    Let me break it down for you further. In 2000 Badgers Coast, as a 3y/o, won the MET carrying 50.5kg. That’s fine.

    Shah’s Star, a 4y/o was given 53.5kg and finished 3rd. Superstar El Picha carried 58 kg and ran 2nd.

    90% of readers will agree with me that Shah’s Star is comfortably superior to Sovereign Reign.

    Yet, due to the insistence of the racing operators/administrators the Met could not continue to be a handicap, then transformed to a compressed handicap/condition races and now almost a WFA race.

    So Shah’s Star, had a go at the MET receiving 4.5kgs from the Big Cheeses but now poor Sovereign Spirit receives a BIG NIL IN WEIGHT from The Three Big Guns.

    It is on that illustration/example, that I feel sorry for SS & his connections, why shouldn’t they have a sporting chance to challenge the others for the Big Prize.

    At the very worse, let the conditions of the MET be changed so that a horse like SS gets allocated 55kg’s even though he would be entitled to be given 49 or 50kgs.

    Do you understand my first statement about Sovereign Spirit participation better now, Mr Miles?

    It has nothing to do with an opinion/my opinion of whether he should run in the MET or not.

    And I never mentioned anything about Mr. Marshall or am I blind ?

  29. Mike Miles says:

    William, I hope I’m not being too familiar, I’ve got you, sarcasm and all and I understand what you are saying.

    I’m not taking issue with you about weights and conditions, you are spot on.

    I’m saying irrespective of race conditions the trainer and or owner of a horse has the absolute right to enter their horse and run it if they so feel they have a chance. After all, besides the winners purse, there is prize money for the placed horses.

    It was Mr Higgs, who mentioned Rascallion and alluded to Mr Marshall not knowing what he is/was doing. My dig at being a trainer was aimed at him, not you. And for sleighting you i apologise.

  30. Sean says:

    Rascallion’s last run must be the worst ride I have seen in ages- if he comes down the middle of the track he comes home smoking a pipe………

    1. Editor says:

      Sean Stander


    That’s all OK Mr. Miles, no need to apologize. I struggle to express my exact feeling in the written form, so no sweat.

    My vision of the face and/or the conditions of the MET has not been in the populous for years.

    I have been asked whether I wanted or would welcome results like when Fearless Streaker won the Met in 1989 off a low weight?

    But that was when we didn’t have Merit Ratings. I don’t like the conditions of the MET as it is but rather a watered down handicap with top weight been 58 kg’s, or so.

    Let horses like Sovereign Spirit come in on a 49 or 48kg. If the Merit rating system is reputable. to be believed & not been slaughtered, it would be tested for all to see in top company like a MET. That’s what I’m pushing for.

    On the point of 3 y/o boys running I just wish trainers would break away a touch from tradition and go for the MET.

    I was well aware before this post that Rascallion and Kommetdieding are entered in Race 6 on Saturday with the Derby in mind.

    I would like to see more 3y/o’s entered though, Princess Calla been a good example.

    Happy days to ALL

  32. Harold Narainsamy says:

    Maybe if the Cape Derby is run on the same day as the Queen’s Plate, 3 year olds would possibly take their place in the Met. As for lower rated horses getting weight from superior horses, I am still cut up that Belgarion received so much pudding from younger horses at WFA in last years July.

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