The top Cape Town horse racing and social event of the year promises once again lots of colour, excitement, sparkle and beauty.
The J&B Met is one of the biggest and most colourful lifestyle events on the Cape Town Social Calendar which you will love to join. This annual Cape Town horse race is taking place on Saturday, 1 February 2014.
In its 37. year in 2014, more than 50,000 visitors are again expected to come to this huge sparkling event in the Mother City.
Kenilworth Racecourse is a place to see and be seen, so get your most fashionable outfit and mingle with the crowds. And after the exciting day at the races enjoy the hot After-Party which will start at 19.00h in the J&B Met Lifestyle Village.
This year’s J&B Met theme is 'Made to Conquer' and surely the visitors’ attire will be as sparkling and unconventional as ever. The competition for the 'Most Elegant Couple' is also always a big draw at this premier Cape Town event.
The prizes for the competitions are fantastic with the 'Most Elegant Couple' winning a seven nights holiday at a luxurious resort in Mauritius and several other perks. And the 'Best Themed Couple' will receive a two-night stay at glitzy GrandWest Grand Hotel in Cape Town.
So get some inspiration from these glorious outfits from J&B Met.
Did you know that as early as in the 1800s horseracing attracted the sophisticated crowds to the South African racecourses?
Initially Greenpoint Common was the place in the Cape where the first horse races were taking place in the Mother City. In 1883 "Sir Hercules" was the first noted winner of the "Metropolitan Mile" as the horseracing event was called then.
It wasn’t until the 1960s that horseracing became an established event in the Cape Town social calendar, when horseracing became more and more popular here too.
Then the Mother City became the location for one of the three major South Africa horse racing events along with the Durban July Day on Greyville Racecourse and the Johannesburg Summer Cup on Turffontein Race Course which takes place annually in November.
In 1977 J&B moved in as the main sponsor for the Cape Town event and the now hugely popular J&B Met was born.
In 2014, at this year’s J&B Met there will again be sixteen of the top thoroughbred horses lining up for the 2000 metres race at the splendid setting of Kenilworth Racecourse. They will compete for a R2.5m trophy.
In Cape Town there are two horse racing courses which host regular events. These race courses are located in Kenilworth and Durbanville. Contact them for more details.
Kenilworth Race Course: Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth, Tel: 021-700-1600
Durbanville Race Course: Bowlers Way, Durbanville, Tel: 021-975-2524
• When? 1 February 2014 opening at 10am. First race starts at 11.30h, various races until 19.00h.
• Where? Cape Town Kenilworth Racecourse, off the M5. The main entrance gate is at Wetton Road. If you arrive by taxi, you can also access via the Rosmead Ave - Gate 6 which is a pedestrian gate
• How much? Tickets also available at the gates cost R195 and R495 for the J&B Lifestyle Village pass. After Party from R150. Tickets can be bought before the event from www.computickets.co.za.
Image Credits for Cape Town Horse Racing: photo by SouthAfrica Tourism