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January 27, 2018

Trainer Justin Snaith and jockey Grant Van Niekerk were the toast of Kenilworth when they teamed up to win the 2018 G1 Sun Met with the Australian bred filly Oh Susanna.

The latter, coming off an impressive win over older fillies and mares in the G1 Cartier Paddock Stakes, became the first 3yo filly in over a century to win the Met-widely regarded as the Cape’s flagship racing/fashion event.

However it was triple G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Legal Eagle who was sent off favourite for the R5 000 000 Sun Met . The gelding, runner up in the Met the past two years running, eventually started 57-20, despite many feeling the gelding was better over a mile than the 2000m trip of the Met. Stablemate to the winner, Krambambuli led Legal Eagle at a fair gallop, with Oh Susanna tucked up in sixth, about five lengths off the leaders.

In the rush for home, Anton Marcus sent Legal Eagle down the middle as Captain America made his move slipping through the inside path.

At the 200m marker Legal Eagle was being hailed a popular winner. and had them at full stretch as Oh Susanna and Marinaresco chased hard.

The race changed complexion at the 75m marker as Oh Susanna hit the front – with Legal Eagle on the skids with the needle in the red. It was left to a fast finishing Last Winter to chase Oh Susanna home, with the latter eventually prevailing by half a length.

Runner up Last Winter did extremely well to get as close to the winner (who was carrying just 51.5kgs) as he did, as the colt had to overcome the widest draw of all. Former champion, and 2017 Vodacom Durban July winner, Marinaresco, ran on for third-1.25 lengths off the winner, and just under half a length in front of the disappointing favourite Legal Eagle.

The filly stopped the clock in a time of 123.5 seconds.

Oh Susanna also provided trainer Justin Snaith with his first Met win-with the Snaith family having battled to win the race for many years. The trainer enjoyed a G1 treble on the day, with his other top flight wins coming with Sergeant Hardy (Betting World Cape Flying Championship) and Snowdance (Klawervlei Majorca Stakes).

Bred and owned by Drakenstein Stud, the 3yo filly has now won three of her eight races and took her earnings to R3 773 375 with the second G1 victory of her career.

One of 20 G1 winners sired by former Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry, Oh Susanna is the first stakes winner produced by Touch Gold’s G2 Lake Placid Stakes winning daughter Sharp Susan.

Image: Hamish Niven Photography