Michelle Rix became the first female trainer to win the WSB Cape Met (in partnership with her father Harold Crawford) when Kommetdieding assumed near legendary status by becoming the first to complete the July-Met double since the great Igugu in 2012.
Backed in to 2-1 clear favourite, the “people’s horse” took up a perfect position three lengths off the gallop set by expected frontrunner Rockin’ Ringo, who was followed by fellow rank outsiders Cirillo and Puerto Manzano.
Kommetdieding moved into contention 400m out but was quickly challenged by Linebacker, who went a neck or so up.
But Gavin Lerena had kept his powder dry on the Klawervlei bred son of Elusive Fort, and regained the lead inside the final 150 to go on and win three by quarters over a fast finishing Jet Dark, who outdid Linebacker late.
The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner seemed to get the 2000m, but didn’t quite reproduce his finishing fireworks over the extended trip.
“I’m blessed to be associated with such a fantastic horse and such wonderful people,” said Gavin Lerena.
“I’m so pleased for Ashwin Reynolds that he was able to be here after missing the July,” he added.