Jack Milner: Three-year-old Double Superlative has joined Kommetdieding at the top of the bookmakers’ boards as favourite for the R2-million Cape Town Met, presented by World Sports Betting, over 2000m at Kenilworth on Saturday 29 January.
Double Superlative, winner of the Grade 1 Cape Guineas in December, will get weight from the entire field and has Anton Marcus in the irons. He is now quoted at 7-2 to add another Grade 1 race to his bow.
He is one of four horses from the Justin Snaith yard, the others being dual L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate champion Jet Dark, Do It Again and Hoedspruit.
It is unlikely that over 2000m at Kenilworth, and with just 11 runners, the draws will play any significant role in the outcome of the Met but Kommetdieding landed pole position at Wednesday’s barrier draw ceremony held at Kenilworth.
Jet Dark is now quoted at 4-1 and Snaith is adamant his charge will stay the distance. “I don’t see 2000m a problem for him,” said the trainer.
“For a champion racehorse the distance is elementary.
“Jet Dark sets the bar very high in the Met.
“This is the first time we have been able to give him three runs in a season. He doesn’t take a lot of racing and we’ve been careful with him.”
He also told fans of Do It Again to ignore the disappointing unplaced run last time in the Grade 2 Premier Trophy on Queen’s Plate day. “He runs in and out a little bit and he did run a below-par race.
“With Bernard (Fayd’Herbe) up, if Do It Again finds the X-factor, they will all be running for second.”
He added that Do It Again is the soundest horse he has ever trained.
Marina is the only filly in the race and trainer Candice Bass-Robinson said her charge was very well. “She took a while to get going in the Majorca Stakes and this 2000m is a better distance for her.
“She’s not without a chance.”
GRADE 1 RACE BETTING
CAPE TOWN MET
7-2 Kommetdieding, Double Superlative
4-1 Jet Dark
9-1 Do It Again
30-1 Second Base
55-1 Puerto Manzano
66-1 Rockin` Ringo
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