(Photo : Gold Circle)
J&B MET (Grade 1)
Kenilworth, Turf, 2000m
1 February 2014
The time for talking is over. Eighteen of South Africa’s finest thoroughbred racehorses line up at the Kenilworth 2000m start in Saturday’s Grade 1 J&B Met worth a cool R2,5 million… and this 37th renewal promises to be a humdinger.
It’s an open contest but L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Capetown Noir looks set to finally slay the stamina ghost that has lurked in the shadows throughout his career.
From joint top-weight Jackson right down to the bottom of the scale, and the only filly in the race in Do You Remember, a case can be made for and against any particular horse. The final choice for the punter will inevitably boil down to gut feel and personal preference. Emotion over mathematics, as it were. That is the way the best J&B Met winners are really found.
The Summerhill-bred No Worries has had a summer of mixed fortunes down in the Cape. He stayed on really well for a gallant fourth 2,30 lengths behind Capetown Noir in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (from a bad draw). Piere Strydom rides Brian Burnard’s charge, again from the widest draw on Saturday. No Worries has the gate speed to overcome the poor draw and looks a likely pacesetter.
This graduate of the Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale goes into the Met a fit horse and his trainer Gavin van Zyl, has never had him better.
Sporting Post’s Picks :
- Capetown Noir
- Master Of My Fate
- Royal Zulu Warrior
- No Worries