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Met Gets A New Sponsor

Save the date - 29 January 2022

The 160th running of the R2 million Gr1 Cape Town Met at Kenilworth on Saturday 29 January 2022 will be sponsored by World Sports Betting.

With the news that Vodacom will call time on their Durban July sponsorship after the running of the 2022 renewal, the fact that a sponsor has finally been secured for the Cape flagship, will be good news.

The dual Met winner Rainbow Bridge (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Racing is going through a torrid time and after covid struck in 2019, the Met stake was reduced to R3 million for the 2020 renewal, and to R1 million for the 2021 renewal. This despite approaches from a major industry player in late 2020.

The first recorded winner of the Metropolitan Mile, as it was originally known in 1883, was Sir Hercules and, while the race had a chequered existence for many years in the early 1900’s, by the 1960’s it was firmly established as one of the ‘big three’ races in the country along with the Vodacom Durban July and the Summer Cup in Gauteng.

The race really came alive for those outside of racing circles in 1978 when J&B stepped in as sponsor

With a stake of R50 000 that year and a sensational finish, the large crowd was thrilled and the foundation was set for the development of the J&B Met into a massive racing and entertainment spectacular.

Due to legislative and policy changes, J&B ended their sponsorship after 39 great years following the 2016 renewal.

Sun International stepped in next and from 2017 to 2020 it was run as the ‘Sun Met’.

The Glam Garden is the official theme to one of the Mother City’s most celebrated and prestigious social events.

The publicity blurb suggests that we ‘celebrate in sophisticated hospitality and elegance, a nirvana of high-end fashion. The day features 11 races ridden by our nation’s finest jockeys on our country’s top horses, as well as live performances from local artists’.

  • Final supplementary entries close at 11h00 on Monday 10 January, when weights will be published.
  • Declarations are due by 11h00 on Wednesday 19 January.
  • Barrier Draws will be done electronically by the NRB on the same day.

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8 comments on “Met Gets A New Sponsor


    and 1/20, it will be The Hollywoodbets Durban July

  2. Michael Jacobs says:

    Fantastic news that the Met has a new sponsor. How about reintroducing the gallops as another way to bring the racing public together? The gallops were quite enjoyable in the past, and gave punters a chance to see the wellbeing of their fancies.

  3. Martin le Roux says:

    Quite right William and great idea Michael. Rest easy bloggers.

  4. Graham Hurlstone-Jones says:

    What is the sponsor doing for the punter ? The R 100 general admission punter ? I would love to go but I have natural immunity, so i cant. i am willing to put a lot of money on the fact that Met day will not be 100% vaccinated but I suppose this is what the whole thing is about…………Happy Christmas to the SP team and lets hope 2023 means I go quiet. i don’t think so, the signs are the same but we will keep pretending………..Have a wonderful 2023 all of you.

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Graham
      You ahead of your time with the 2023 wishes but thanks, nevertheless 🙂

  5. Graham Martin says:

    And how about reverting the Cape Met back to a handicap again with a field of 18 horses instead of a paltry 9 or 10 horses!

  6. Donald Bradshaw says:

    Graham Martin , excellent proposal , now what say Cape Racing under agreement with 4 Racing ( hope I got that correct )

    The Met has become ” tired ” with the same horses running year after year due to the conditions of the race which preclude a good size field scattered with a few ” no hopers ” that add to the interest of the race !

  7. Neill de Bruyn says:

    Hi mr Ed, looking at the trainers who are still active and won the Met more than once, the list is made up of Eric Sands, Vaughan Marshall, Brett Crawford, Mike de Kock and Alec Laird.
    Of those who have entries in next year’s Met, Eric Sands has won the event 4 times, and MdK and Vaughan Marshall 3 times each.
    Odd, Justin Snaith only once.
    The dismally formless Malmoos looks the most interesting outsider to me, having won at the lefthanded Kenilworth before, and such a wily trainer ….. .

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