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January 29, 2012

J&B Met 2012 attracts creatives, celebrities and cool Capetonians

Robert Whitehead and Jay Anstey from Isidingo. Photo by Deon Gurling

For anyone interested in horse racing, fashion or socialising, the J&B Met is the one event in South Africa you shouldn't miss. On Saturday, more than 40 000 people made their way to Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town for the 2012 J&B Met, the 35th version of this event.

The temperature was above 30°C but this did not prevent some fashionstas piling on the layers to show off outfits they had put together in line with the theme Made Different. See fashion photos from the event.

Mika Klaus from Germany said she was impressed to see such a varety of cultures and generations at the event. "There are so many beautiful people here just having a good time," she said. I only arrived in South Africa last week, so I'm still getting used to the heat because it is winter in Europe. But the people here make a big effort to dress up smartly, it's good to see."

Cape Town has a well established fashion scene and many designers use the J&B Met to show off what they have to offer. 

Some of the local celebrities spotted at the 2012 J&B Met included current Miss South Africa, Melinda Bam, television stars such as Robert Whitehead, Jay Anstey, Jo-Ann Strauss and Micael Mol, as well as sports stars like Roxy Louw (surfing) and JP Duminy (cricket). Various television shows such as Top Billing will broadcast J&B Met highlights this week.

The main race was won by Igugu, who was the pre-race favourite. Second and third place went to Bravura and Gimmiethegreenlight respectively.

If you left arrangements for this year's J&B Met too late, don't make the same mistake next year! If you want to experience a big sporting event in Cape Town this year, the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour on Sunday, March 11 is one to start making plans for right away.

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