Fate and the weather conspired with the South African Turf Club to make the 1986 J&B Metropolitan Stakes one of the most successful meetings ever. The 2000m race was run on the old track at Kenilworth as the turf on the "new" course is being replaced.
With the early favourite Fools Holme out of the race with a sprained hock the outcome of the race itself was predictable. The 22/10 favourite Wild West, the only horse really in the betting (6/1 and better being offered about the rest of the field), fulfilled all expectations. Trainer Ralph Rixon sent him out in magnificent shape and stable jockey Greg Holme did the rest in spite of dropping his whip at a crucial stage of the race.
Voodoo Charm set a fair pace from the break with Supreme Sovereign in second spot and Wild West next best - a position they kept into the straight. Holme then sent Wild West after Voodoo Charm, catching him just inside the 200m marker, and kept him going to hold off strong challenges from High Wonder, who had raced wide all the way, and Mauritzfontein.
A striking looking chestnut, Wild West was bred at Paul de Wet's Zandvliet Stud by English 2000 Guineas winner Roland Gardens out of Wild Ash, a winner of seven races up to 1600m, including the Cape and Natal Fillies Guineas. The next dam Ashplant produced among others Whiteoak,who won nine races and was placed in both the Cape Guineas and the Metropolitan.
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