The stake for one of South Africa’s most famous and prestigious events, the J&B Met, which is run each year at Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town in the latter part of January, has been increased to R2-million.
Along with the Vodacom Durban July in Durban, it draws the biggest crowds in South Africa - with more than 50 000 enthusiasts attending the event which is recognized as one of the country’s most spectacular racing, fashion and entertainment events.
Won this year by the KwaZulu-Natal-trained Zebra Crossing, the race carried a stake of R1.75-million. Now at R2-million, it is the third richest race on the South African calendar.
The Western Cape Regional Chapter Manager, Brian Berrill, described the increase to R2-million as “a shot in the arm for this great race meeting.”
“R2-million compares favourably with the two other major feature events in the country. One would always like it to be more, but we are very happy with the new stake level. The race will continue to attract the best horses that are available at the time and the R2-million is a great incentive.”
Gavin Pike, Portfolio Manager for Brandhouse Whisky which markets and distributes J&B Rare whisky in South Africa, said it was fitting that for the 30th running of the J&B Met - one of the longest running sponsorships of any sport in the country - that the stake would break the R2-million barrier.
“While the J&B Met is seen by many as more of a social and fashion function, the day is centred around the race itself and the increased stake will ensure the highest quality of field. We look forward to another magnificent day to continue the long tradition of one of South Africa’s most spectacular sporting and social events.”