The temperature in the Sizzling Summer Season in the Western Cape is rising rapidly as the final count-down to one of South Africa’s greatest races, the R2.5-million, Grade 1 J&B Met, begins and the fires of anticipation and excitement will be ramped up on Monday, January 16, when the final fields for the big race, and all other graded feature events on the day, will be announced.
Gold Circle will issue the fields in a Press Release by 2pm on Monday and preparations will be finalised for the official gallops for J&B Met runners that will take place at Kenilworth Racecourse three days later on January 19 from 7:30am.
The gallops will be televised live on Tellytrack from 7:30am and the public are welcome to attend with complimentary coffee and sticky buns being available for all.
The all-important barrier draw, which will also be televised live on Tellytrack, will take place at Kenilworth Racecourse shortly after the completion of the gallops at about 9am and details will be made available to media throughout the country by Press Release shortly afterwards.
J&B Met Day, on Saturday January 28, is the biggest racemeeting in the Western Cape and includes other major feature races such as the R600 000, Grade 1 Investec Cape Derby, the R500 000, Grade 1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes and the R300 000, Grade 2 J&B Reserve Stayers.
An estimated 50 000 people will attend the famous meeting where in past years the “sold out” signs have been put up early in the afternoon and the gates closed.