The J&B Met is South Africa’s oldest and most prestigious horse racing event, taking place every year in early February at the Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town. Known to locals as “The Metâ€, the J&B Met is as much about couture fashion and social networking as it is about the R2.5 million race.
The J&B Met is the largest annual outdoor social event in the Cape Town, with the Hospitality Village and picnic spots catering for over 2,500 guests for lunch and dinner. Few occasions present a better chance to brush shoulders with South Africa’s most popular actors, models, TV presenters, sport stars, and other celebs while bidding on your favourite chestnut or dapple grey.
Every year sees a new theme inspiring high end boutique garments with the sole intent of standing out from the glitzy crowd. One of the most anticipated programme highlights is the Most Elegant Couple competition, where the best dressed duo walks away with a phenomenal set of prizes. To give you some idea of what’s at stake, the 2014 winners of the Most Elegant Couple competition take home products and vouchers from Elizabeth Arden, Carlton Hair, Sunglass Hut, Mangwanani Spa, GrandWest Casino, and Cavendish Square, as well as a 7-night stay at Beachcomber's 5-star superior Paradis Hotel & Golf Club in Mauritius.
• Pocket Power is the only horse to have won the race 3 times - in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Before that Politician had won the race twice, in 1978 and 1979. • Wesgro stated that the 2013 J&B Met had an estimated economic impact of R68 million for the City of Cape Town and the region. • The early history of the J&B Met is linked to Lord Charles Somerset, Governor of the Cape during the early 1800s • The race was run on the Green Point Common. English soldiers attached to the Cape Garrison would race one another and the ladies of the Cape would come out in all their finery to watch the event. • The race moved to Kenilworth in the late 1800s and became the SA Turf Club's main feature, held in summer each year. • The event has been postponed twice, in 1986 and 2004, due to equine flu and African Horse Sickness.