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Top Duo Out Of Met

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A further two scratchings have reduced the number left in the running for the final field to line up in the Gr1 Cape Town Met presented by World Sports Betting to just 12.

Malmoos has been off form (Pic – JC Photos)

Paul Matchett’s star filly War Of Athena and Mike de Kock star Malmoos – coincidentally the pair who made history when winning the 2021 SA Triple Tiara and SA Triple Crown on the same afternoon – were both taken out this morning.

The final declarations are due by 11h00 on Wednesday evening and the final field is expected to be announced early Wednesday evening.

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20 comments on “Top Duo Out Of Met

  1. Interesting thoughts from what’s left of the racing voices. I just wonder what the attitude of sponsors would be, if racing keeps dwindling.

  2. Neill de Bruyn says:

    Well I dont know about the merits of Grade 1 WFA versus handicaps, and the number of horses running.
    For me the Melbourne Cup was the race of the year in 2021, with Verry Elleegant (a mare) carrying 57, drawn 18, absolutely destroying her 23 rivals over 3200 metres. A Handicap.
    In contrast I thought the Arc de Triumph was a flop, supposedly the best Europe had to offer. Set weights I think.
    There is talk of Verry Elleegant running in the 2022 Arc, that should liven it up, whether she runs against 5 or 15 competitors.

  3. Jay August says:

    Procrustean logic seems to be the intellectual delicacy of those that comment on big races and handicaps.

  4. Steve Reid says:

    I stand to be corrected but I’m fairly confident that the Northern Hemisphere has no Grade 1 races that are handicaps. I am aware of the July and the Melbourne Cup that are run as handicaps. Perhaps someone could educate me if I’m incorrect.

  5. Kenny Masilela says:

    I thought a handicap is a race of equal chance to ALL horses who compete in it. Handicaps produce big fields, big fields generate big money for the operator cos punters love them, and they give more owners and trainers a chance to win a big price. Cpt has too many non-handicaps. The green pont, the concord and the Met should all be 20-horse field handicaps.

  6. Peter de Beyer says:

    Grade 1 WFA races are the essential ingredient for the best horses to succeed. These are breed -shaping contests from which future sires emerge.
    There are more than enough handicap races on our program.
    This year we have a top quality field of older horses plus an exciting 3yo prospect.
    I would rather have 10 top horses than a full field including a bunch of no hopers who just get in the way and make the draw too important.

  7. Jay August says:

    One must wonder what the logic is behind this 18 horse field that everyone blathers on about. Winx in her last two of four Cox Plates had seven rivals to beat, nine in her second win and thirteen in her first win

    That in a country with ~12k foals a year. Grade 1 WFA events in Europe regularly have less than 12 horses running, but in SA this is apparently a problem.

  8. Geoff Logan says:

    12 horses left in the Cape Met. 4 from one stable. What a poor advert for one of the big 3 races in South Africa. Not the stables fault at all. Really boring. Something is very wrong with our racing. A race as prestigious as the Met should have a full field of 18. I don’t buy the hackneyed phrase of quality not quantity!

  9. Mervyn Padayachie says:

    Justin is a master at planning his potential horses program. Weighted to win. Backed from 10 to 1 in ante post betting.

  10. WILLIAM MILKOVITCH says:

    And Donovan, I wonder if Jet Dark will take his chance in the Met.

    Horses that show a deadly turn of foot over the 1600 often can’t reproduce that over 2000m.

  11. Neill de Bruyn says:

    A Superlative win in the Guineas, now he’s going for the Double. Follow the money, punters! .

  12. Daine Weber says:

    Im more intrested in the majorca stakes atleast that field has stil a good quality

  13. Logan Govender says:

    Money is pouring in for Double Superlative. More fancied than Jet Dark. Is this horse as good as Justin Snaith says. If so then maybe a one horse race.

  14. Logan Govender says:

    I don’t consider them the level what some people make them out to be. I have previously stated my reservations on most of the winners of the 3crown and 3 tiara.
    They would not have made a difference to the met outcome.

    Sadly RB won’t be there but some real contenders are there.

  15. Harold Narainsamy says:

    Making the Met an handicap will achieve the following : possibly attract a larger field, the winners would be of a lesser standard than in the past, thus lowering the prestige of the race, will then enable the Queens Plate to become the Premier race in CT, it will become a CT version of the Summer Cup

  16. Donovan Naidoo says:

    Absolute 2 horse race..kommetdeding and jet dark….

  17. Joe Alves says:

    Agreed, change it back to handicap, half the field can’t win, they don’t stand a chance

  18. Michael Jacobs says:

    I disagree with the above comment. We need a top quality WFA event over 2000m.

    In South Africa our top Gauteng race is a handicap (Summer Cup) and the KZN top race is a handicap (July), so when do we see quality at the top end for older horses? There are many grade 1 level weight races for younger horses ( 2 and 3 year old) and for females, but nothing for the older topclass horses. That’s why we need a WFA grade 1 quality race, and ideal that it is in Cape Town where the best horses reside. We need to give it time to gain the prestige and desirability of a world-class grade 1 event.

  19. Barry van Biljon says:

    On their current form and the traveling involved neither would have been a threat on the day. Kommetdieding for me with Hoedspruit in the exacta !!

  20. Graham Martin says:

    As I have mentioned before on this forum, revert the Cape Met Gr1 back to a handicap race or Conditions race, like before! Then at least you can have a field of 18 horses running! More revenue! Bigger pools etc etc

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