Tuesday 30 January 2024 – Double Superlative landed the G1 Cape Town Met, handing back-to-back wins in the race to trainer Justin Snaith, as World Pool kicked off 2024 with 10 globally-comingled races from Kenilworth, South Africa.
Double Superlative’s success also marked a remarkable first Grade 1 win on his debut ride in South Africa for UK-based Zimbabwean-born jockey Daniel Muscutt, as he guided the five-year-old to a half-length success from Rascallion.
Aside from the Cape Town Met, there were two other Grade 1 contests on the card; the City Of Capetown Majorca Stakes, won by the Sean Tarry-trained Princess Calla under Richard Fourie, and the World Pool-sponsored Cape Flying Championship, which saw Dyce successful for trainer Lucky Houdalakis and jockey Craig Zackey.
The wild celebrations from Dyce’s connections certainly contributed to his victory being chosen as the first World Pool Moment of the Day of 2024, with his grooms Everisto Nyambo and Able Makena receiving a winner’s cheque for HK$40,000 as well as entry into the Moment of the Year competition for the chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Hong Kong.
World Pool was in action for 10 races of the 11 races on the Kenilworth card and saw a total turnover of HK$248.8m (approx. £25.1 million) from World Pool bet types.
World Pool’s globally commingled pools will return next month for a double fixture on February 24, with Blue Diamond Stakes Day from Caulfield being run as a World Pool fixture for the first time and Saudi Cup Day from King Abdulaziz returning for a second year.