J&B MET (Grade 1)
Kenilworth, Turf, 2000m
31 January 2015
Trainer Justin Snaith holds 40% of the field for Saturday’s Grade 1 J&B Met at Kenilworth in Cape Town, and he is intent on utilising his armada to create a slow gallop for his stable's number one charge, Legislate.
“The tactics will be very important and a slow pace would suit me beautifully. The only reason it didn’t work for us in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate was because Legislate was sick. I’ve got six in the race and the other runners are welcome to chase round mine!” stated Snaith.
The champion trainer hopes that his Vodacom Durban July winner, Legislate, can deliver him his first J&B Met win but he does believe that any of the other five are also capable of running into a place; despite some of them being at huge odds.
Justin Snaith said the following regarding the chances of his other runners: “They have their little niggles so they are the type than run on their best days, and any of them could run into the money on Saturday."
"Jet Explorer (33-1) is doing well and he is cruising into the race. He has less problems this time whereas last year he injured himself in the public gallop."
“We will know on Saturday whether Dynamic (16-1) is up to this class but I already know that when you put him in a Group 1 like the Cape Derby he can up his game."
"Arion (20-1) ran third to Legislate in the Cape Derby and was actually finishing just as fast. Obviously both he and Dynamic are carrying severe injuries but they have hardened up."
Johnny Rockets & Astro News
“Johnny Rockets (150-1) is a horse with a lot of problems but he can run and the one thing I will say for Astro News (100-1) is that, while he has also had a lot of problems, he has had a hassle-free entry. There have been two upsets in the last two years so why not a third?”
Legislate has drifted further – he was out to 33-10 with Betting World yesterday morning although only 5-2 with Hollywood.
Cape Derby & Majorca Stakes
Betting World yesterday opened Grand Parade Cape Guineas winner Act Of War at 33-100 in the Cape Derby and Cold As Ice at 14-10 for the Majorca Stakes. Mike de Kock’s Ertijaal is 4-1 second favourite for the Derby with Ramsden’s The Conglomerate next best at 7-1. You can get 20-1 and more about the rest. Mike Bass’s has the main dangers in the Majorca – at least according to the betting – with Paddock Stakes disappointment Hammie’s Hooker (6-1) surprisingly shorter that stablemate Inara (7-1) who won the race.
Extracts from Gold Circle