Louis The King and Legislate head a star-studded entry for the R2.5million Grade 1 J&B Met over 2000m at Kenilworth on Saturday 31 January.
Louis The King, winner of last season’s Triple Crown and of last Saturday’s Gauteng Sansui Summer Cup, is one of four entries for Geoff Woodruff and the five-time champion trainer said after the victory: “I am very keen to take on Legislate and Futura in their own backyard.”
Woodruff’s other entries are the Summerhill Ready To Run graduate, Killua Castle, who came so close to springing a 66-1 shock in the Summer Cup, Rake’s Chestnut and Tellina.
Legislate, winner of the Vodacom Durban July, Daily News 2000 and Investec Cape Derby, broke the Kenilworth 1600m record on his return in last month’s Lanzerac Le General Green Point Stakes. He runs next in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and is due to go to England via Mauritius after the Met.
Champions Cup winner and Vodacom Durban July third Futura is one of three entries for Brett Crawford, who sent out Summerhill-bred Angus to win the 2003 J&B Met. He has also entered last year’s Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes winner Captain America and De Kock, who won the Selangor Cup in November last year.
Punta Arenas finished closest of those entries that ran in last year’s race (third) and will represent Stan Elley while Joey Ramsden has entered his Cape Classic and Selangor winner Act Of War who is expected to start favourite for the Grand Parade Cape Guineas on Saturday fortnight.
Particularly significant is Mike de Kock’s decision to enter Majmu, surely a measure of his confidence in this potentially brilliant filly in Saturday’s Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas.
There is a first supplementary entry stage on 17 December and a second one on 12 January. It is a condition of acceptance that all runners take part in public gallops at Kenilworth on 22 January although a horse “stabled out of province” on the day of the gallops may be allowed to work at a race meeting elsewhere before that date provided the gallop is filmed for screening on 22 January.
Extract from Tab News