DEAN Kannemeyer’s hopes of a first Sun Met win on Saturday week suffered a hammer blow when Last Winter (photo) was drawn widest of all in the 20-runner field,

Kannemeyer said: “I am not a happy chappy and of course I’m disappointed but at least I’ve got a ****ing good jockey in Piere Strydom. I just hope there is going to be a good pace on.”

Marinaresco, fifth last year when drawn two, will start from stall 13. “It’s good enough,” said Aldo Domeyer who won on Martial Eagle from gate 15 five years ago. “At least I will miss all the bustling and scrimmaging.”

Greg Cheyne, who won last year’s race on Whisky Baron from pen eight, will start with only three outside him on Sail South. But he didn’t want to start from the inside, saying: “I have twice been drawn really low and both times it worked against me.”

Cheyne believes 4-7 are the best draws and the fancied filly Oh Susanna starts from gate 6 with Grant van Niekerk already working on the diet he needs to get down to 51.5kg – “It is a strict one and it’s going to take me a week but I will do it.” – Michael Clower/Gold Circle.