The final field for the 2022 R2 million Gr1 Cape Town Met presented by World Sports Betting was unveiled at a function at the big race venue Kenilworth Racecourse on Wednesday evening.
A field of 11 runners will line up in the Cape flagship event on 29 January, headed by the ‘people’s horse’ and 2021 Vodacom Durban July winner Kommetdieding, who bids to become the first since Mike de Kock’s great filly Igugu (2012), and another popular equine character in Pocket Power ( 2009), to register the consecutive Durban July – Met double.
Kommetdieding certainly has the credentials and is a popular favourite after a storming second behind Jet Dark in the recent L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.
Trainer Michelle Rix is bullish about the chances of her smart colt and when asked recently by Gold Circle’s David Thiselton who the ones to beat were, she replied, “None actually; I’m pretty confident.”
Owner Ashwin Reynolds also said that he was looking forward to racing against Jet Dark, who beat Kommetdieding by 2,25 lengths last time out in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, and added, “It is a pity War Of Athena is not coming and I hope there are no more scratchings because then it will just be me against the Snaith’s.”
Big race jockey Gavin Lerena galloped Kommetdieding on Wednesday morning and declared his mount ‘in a good space’.
Jet Dark heads the Snaith quartet and, while he beat Kommetdieding easily in the Queen’s Plate, the extra 400m could be the equaliser.
Kommetdieding’s owner Ashwin Reynolds told David Thiselton he was not worried and said: |”It will be his third run after a rest, he will be cherry-ripe, but if Jet Dark does beat us, I will take it on the chin and say good luck, he is better than us.”
Asked about Jet Dark’s younger stable companion Double Superlative, the only 3yo in the race, Mr Reynolds replied, “A three-year-old? Can Anton Marcus do the weight, 54kg? I am not sure he can.”
1st R1250000, 2nd R400000, 3rd R200000, 4th R100000, 5th R50000
WORLD SPORTS BETTING CAPE TOWN MET (Grade 1)
Open to horses at Weight For Age
WFA: 3yrs-6kgs 4yrs-0.5kgs
No Apprentice Allowance
|1||11||Do It Again||60||129||CA||Bernard Fayd’Herbe||Justin Snaith|
|2||5||Cirillo||60||118||T A||Craig Zackey||Sean Tarry|
|3||2||Rockin’ Ringo||60||102||A||Corne Orffer||Piet Botha|
|4||9||Jet Dark||59.5||130||A||S’manga Khumalo||Justin Snaith|
|5||1||Kommetdieding||59.5||127||A||Gavin Lerena||HWJ Crawford/M Rix|
|6||6||Linebacker||59.5||126||A||Grant van Niekerk||Vaughan Marshall|
|7||4||Hoedspruit||59.5||116||A||Luyolo Mxothwa||Justin Snaith|
|8||10||Second Base||59.5||116||BAM||Warren Kennedy||J A Janse van Vuuren|
|9||7||Puerto Manzano (ARG)||59.5||111||BA||Keagan de Melo||J A Janse van Vuuren|
|10||8||Marina||57||118||BA||Aldo Domeyer||Candice Bass-Robinson|
|11||3||Double Superlative||54||113||A||Anton Marcus||Justin Snaith|
|Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote|
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