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February 01, 2010

Famous faces at the J&B Met

Ard Matthews Just JingerSouth African rock star, Ard Matthews of Just Jinger, and his partner, top model Landi Swanepoel. Photo: Deon Gurling.


Punters, celebs and fashionistas once again descended on Kenilworth Racecourse in their thousands on Saturday, for arguably the biggest event on the Cape Town social calendar – the J&B Met. 

The event allowed for a more literal interpretation of this year’s theme, “In Full Colour”, and outfits of every imaginable hue were on display. From boas to feathers, minis to full length frocks, muted to downright gaudy, Kenilworth was transformed into a palette of colour.

As usual, a good turnout of South African celebrities strutted their way into the VIP tent, clad to the nines in designer outfits. Ex-Miss South Africa Cindy Nell, swimming star Roeland Schoeman and models Minky van der Westerhuizen, Lee-Anne Liebenburg and Tammy Anne Fortuin, were just a few of the well-known faces at the event.

But a day at the races could not be complete without the jubilant punters willing their favourite towards the finish line, and as the liquor flowed and final bets were laid, the favourite for this year’s main race, Pocket Power, entered into the starting gate to thunderous applause.

But the race was not his to win. His sibling, River Jetez, clinched the title at Cape Town’s premier horse race. Pocket Power had to settle for third place, behind second-placed Mother Russia.

As torn betting slips littered the course, and those guilty of fashion faux pas enjoyed the festivities with losing gamblers until long after the last race was won, the J&B Met proved yet again that it’s always more than just a day at the races in Cape Town.

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