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Sun Met 2019 – Jockey Comments

Piere Strydom - South African horse racing jockey

Jockeys riding in the 2019 Sun Met give us comments on their runners for this R5 Million Grade 1 race. Jockeys include Piere Strydom, Anton Marcus, Lyle Hewitson, MJ Byleveld, Gavin Lerena and more. Comments courtesy of Winning Form. Betting is available now at Hollywoodbets

(Photo: Piere Strydom)

Sun Met 2019
Jockey Comments

Piere Strydom last tasted champagne success in this race in 2003 with Angus and he joins up with the powerful Snaith outfit once again. His comments on his mount DOUBLEMINT were:

“His prep has gone really well and he has third run after a rest so he should be spot on. He does have a tough task being 10.5kgs out at the weights with Do It Again and whether he is good enough remains to be seen.”

“One should expect a nice strong pace in the Met and the best horse should win. Do It Again and Rainbow Bridge are the two horses to beat but I will be hoping for a good performance.”

Lyle Hewitson - South African horse racing jockey
Champion jockey Lyle Hewitson partners Legal Eagle

Reigning South African champion jockey Lyle Hewitson has been lucky enough to pick up the mount on LEGAL EAGLE who ran a creditable fourth in last year’s event behind Oh Susanna, which could continue to catapult his fledgling career and he commented:

“Legal Eagle’s last run was a bit below par but still wasn’t disgraced, other than that his prep has been absolutely perfect. When studying the field I expect a good pace this year.”

“My best ride could be Trip To Heaven or Chimichuri Run although it is a very competitive racecard.” 

Keagen De Melo - South African horse racing jockey
Keagen De Melo rides Head Honcho

KZN raiding jockey Keagan de Melo finds himself aboard the Nel-trained inmate HEAD HONCHO who has rapidly risen through the ranks and comes off the back of a hat-trick of victories. The son of Querari seems to perform best for him and he was positive when mentioning:

“His preparation has been really good so hoping everything is still on track for the big race. There should be a hot pace if Milton goes but my horse has a high cruising speed and I won’t hesitate to do it myself.”

“The filly Oh Susanna and Do it Again are my main dangers although I do think it is very competitive.”

“I have a few good rides on the day but my best could possibly be in the main event.” 

Anton Marcus - South African horse racing jockey
“Superman” Anton Marcus rides the promising Rainbow Bridge

A jockey who has recently been acknowledged for his century of Grade 1 winners and has already preceded it, Anton Marcus needs no introduction to avid racegoers. “Superman” as he is affectionately known has picked up a promising mount in the form of RAINBOW BRIDGE and had the following to comment:

“He gives me a nice feel but I respect the fact that he hasn’t been ten furlongs. I am expecting an even run race and the big dangers are previous allies Do It Again and Legal Eagle, along with the filly Oh Susanna.”

MJ Byleveld
MJ Byleveld rides Tap O’ Noth in this year’s Met

MJ Byleveld has inspiringly returned from a serious neck injury and sounded pleased to be back aboard TAP O’ NOTH for this prestigious event when saying:

“This is his third run after the KZN season. The first run was obviously too short for him but he ran on nicely in his last start. He galloped really well at Kenilworth last Saturday and his draw could keep him out of trouble as he didn’t enjoy the bunching in Durban.”

“It looks like the pace could be on but one never knows when the gates open. The main dangers are Do It Again, Rainbow Bridge and Made To Conquer.”

“My best rides on the day are Top Of The Class and Tap O’Noth.”

Donavan Dillon - South African horse racing jockey
Donovan Dillon rides Hat Puntano

Young, up and coming jockey Donovan Dillon has thrived whilst working for conditioner Joey Ramsden and has taken his talents to the next level since his arrival in the Mother City. This isn’t the first time he will mount up for this Grade 1 event and sounded quite excited to get another opportunity in the big race when commenting:

HAT PUNTANO’S prep has gone well but he is a tricky horse and we are still trying to figure out how to get the best out of him. I think we can expect a good even pace this year. The two dangers pick themselves, Do It Again & Rainbow Bridge.

“My best ride on the day is the 2 year-old Double Alliance.” 

Gavin Lerena - Horse racing jockey
Gavin Lerena says Eyes Wide Open represents value in the race

Gavin Lerena was influential when rebounding last year from a serious injury. The top jockey returned with a bang and is currently relishing freelancing whilst racking up the winners. He deserves his place among the best in the country and he thought EYES WIDE OPEN could be of some value in the race. His remarks were:

“His prep has gone fairly OK but in his last start he had a lot of weight to shoulder. The pace looks like it is going to be a true one and the Snaith duo of Do It Again and Oh Susanna are my main dangers.”

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