Make It Snappy is surprise favourite for Cape Town Met

A naked two months in the past if you happen to’d mentioned a three-year-old filly referred to as Make It Snappy would begin Cape City Met week because the bookmakers’ favorite for the massive race you’d have been thought-about a raving fool.

But right here we’re. Met sponsor World Sports activities Betting has the Brett Crawford-trained teen on the prime of its boards at odds of 15-4 – having leapfrogged the likes of dual-Queen’s Plate winner Jet Darkish, defending Met champ Kommetdieding, Durban July victor Glowing Water and some different Grade 1 hotshots.

Three-year-old winners of the Met are pretty uncommon, as are feminine horses; Oh Susannah is the one particular person assembly these standards to have managed it in additional than 100 years. So, what’s with this upstart?

Promising prospect

In November 2022, Make It Snappy had two races and one win on her CV and was, at finest, a well-bred, promising prospect. Victory within the 1600m Summer season Bowl at 14-1 earned her a beginning slot in early-December’s Cape Fillies Guineas, which she nailed at 6-1.

That was a superb effort in opposition to her friends, however when house owners Hollywood Syndicate supplemented her entry into the Met eight weeks later, not a couple of seasoned observers muttered about over-reach and overexcitement.

Then got here the Paddock Stakes, a 1800m Grade 1 contest for elite feminine horses in early January, and Make It Snappy lowered the colors of Equus Horse of the Yr Captain’s Ransom with an astonishing start-to-finish efficiency.

The punt cash wasn’t sluggish in arriving, and much more of it when the filly drew beginning gate No 2 for the Met and main jockey Keagan de Melo was booked to companion her. With simply 51.5kg to hold – due to weight-for age and intercourse allowances – all of the sudden she seemed an actual menace to the massive weapons who must lug many extra kilos across the 2000m of Kenilworth.

Jet Darkish, Kommetdieding

The burden of cash for Make It Snappy has seen a few of her rivals drifting available in the market – although not all, with Jet Darkish and Kommetdieding remaining regular.

For bettors who like worth, there may be loads of temptation round. How about 7-1 Glowing Water, 18-1 Al Muthana, 33-1 Marina, 35-1 Do It Once more and 45-1 Nexus. These horses seldom run unhealthy races and provides you with a run in your cash.

In fact, a lot of the betting curiosity on Met day will likely be centered on the tote – particularly with the final 9 of the 12 races being designated World Pool races by the Hong Kong Jockey Membership. This implies punters all around the world will likely be contributing to monster-sized betting swimming pools on these races – for Win, Place, Exacta, Swinger and Quinella bets.

Final yr, R650-million was wagered on eight Met day races. May we hit the magic R1-billion this time round?

The 2022 Met itself attracted R97.8-million and R100-million appears to be like a lifeless cert on Saturday.

Regionally, the Choose 6 pool is predicted to prime R10-million, whereas the Quartet on the Met might amass a pool of R50-million.

BETTING15-4 Make It Snappy4-1 Jet Dark13-2 Kommetdieding7-1 Cousin Casey, Glowing Water16-1 Universal18-1 Al Muthana, Rascallion33-1 Marina35-1 Do It Once more, Golden Ducat45-1 Nexus, Warrior50-1 and upwards the others