01 February 2011 by Roy Barford

J&B Met 2011 thrills the masses

The 2011 J&B Met, which took place at Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday, January 29, attracted some 50 000 people, most of which were left speechless when Past Master, a rank outsider, breezed home to win South Africa’s biggest horse race.

With unfavourable odds of 16/1, Past Master had been given little chance of winning, following a poor performance at the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate 3 weeks earlier. However, he and his 45-year-old jockey, Gerrit Schlechter, broke away in the last 200 metres, leaving race favourite, Mother Russia, comfortably behind. Mother Russia finished second, with Run For It coming in third.

Hassen Adams, who owns Past Master, received R2.5 million in prize money, while those who backed his horse enjoyed healthy returns on their wager.

The Met takes place at the end of January every year, attracting people from around the world. Several European visitors at Saturday’s event remarked that they had never been to such a big horseracing event before.

Horse racing is a popular sport in South Africa, with events taking place around the country every week. Some of the other racecourses in the country include Turffontein in Johannesburg, Grevville and Clairwood in Durban, Pietermaritzburg, as well as the Vaal Racecourse in the Free State and Fairview Racecourse in the Eastern Cape.

Events at these venues present an opportunity for race goers to dress up, place a few bets if they wish, but most of all enjoy some quality horse racing.

The 2011 Vodacom Durban July, which takes place at Greyville Racecourse in Durban on July 2, is an event that those who enjoy horses and fashion, should not miss.

For information about the different tickets available for the Vodacom Durban July, phone +27 (0)31 314 1631. For updated information about the event, visit their website: www.vodacomdurbanjuly.co.za

The above photo is courtesy of MauritsV

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