February 02, 2013
J&B Met 2013 results: Martial Eagle takes the glory
Roy Barford has lived in more than 10 cities and towns around the world, but decided to settle in Cape Town. He loves the fact that he can enjoy both urban and natural adventures every day, surrounded by creativity and tranquility.
He is a sports fanatic who can often be found at Newlands rugby and cricket stadiums, while he also enjoys outdoor adventure activities and exploring Cape Town's vast nightlife options.
Roy has written for publications such as the Sunday Tribune, Cape Argus and the Star, and has also blogged for websites such as Southafrica.net, Tablemountain.net.
The 2013 J&B Met was won by Martial Eagle, a seven-year-old gelding, ridden by Aldo Domeyer and owned by Yogas Govender, who is now R2.5 million richer. The odds of Martial Eagle winning were 80-1 and the result stunned the crowd, who had largely backed the favourite, Jackson, who disappointed by finishing fifth.
Hill Fifty Four (also an outsider with 22-1 odds) finished second, with Beach Beauty running in third.
According to the Racing Post website, Govender said "Six months ago he was just a decent horse with a sensitive back and we were going to retire him after this. But we got the back right and we can't retire him when he is enjoying his racing. He could now go for the Durban July."
More than 40 000 people arrived at Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town's Southern Suburbs, for what is regarded as South Africa's biggest annual social event. If you were there, send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll feature the best ones on the blog.
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