TRAINER Sean Tarry gave a dry smile and shook his head after he’d drawn No 15 for Legal Eagle, ante-post favourite for the Gr1 SunMet over 2000m on 27 January.

Naturally SA’s champion trainer would have preferred a handier draw for the champion, who runs best when he has a good early position and may have to be pushed along early to get there this time, which could sap his energy.

His old rival Captain America drew at Number 3, exactly where he wants to be, and part-owner Lance Sherrell was elated, ordering another glass of GH Mumm Champagne with oysters that were served at the bright and well-attended draw ceremony, held at the V&A Waterfront.

The two handily weighted fillies, Cascapedia and Oh Susanna, drew alongside each other at 5 and 6 respectively and with form and weights already being discussed at length, their names are coming up more often.

Photo: Warne Rippon (left) was delighted drawing Number 2 for his runner Heavenly Blue; Lance Sherrell equally so for Captain America’s No 3. Dr Ashley Parker (middle) enjoyed the banter.

Here is the final field with draws added:

Gr1 SUN MET CELEBRATED WITH G.H. MUMM 
1 15 Legal Eagle   60 123 T A A Marcus Sean Tarry
2  3 Captain America   60 118 A C Orffer Brett Crawford
3 13 Marinaresco   60 118 BA A Domeyer Candice Bass-Robinson
4 17 Sail South   60 117 A G Cheyne Brett Crawford
5 12 Silicone Valley   60 111 A P Botha Glen Puller
6 14 Krambambuli   60 105 A B Lerena Justin Snaith
7  1 Nebula   60 105 T A S Veale Brett Crawford
8 11 Elusive Silva   60 101 A R Khathi Justin Snaith
9 10 Coral Fever   60 100 A M Yeni Robbie Sage
10  9 Gold Standard   59.5 113 A R Fourie Glen Kotzen
11  7 Copper Force   59.5 109 A *L Hewitson Justin Snaith
12 20 Last Winter   59.5 107 A P Strydom Dean Kannemeyer
13  2 Heavenly Blue (AUS)   59.5 106 A C Murray Mike de Kock
14  8 African Night Sky   59.5 102 A B Fayd’Herbe Justin Snaith
15 19 Horizon   59.5 98 A A Andrews Candice Bass-Robinson
16 18 Nother Russia   57.5 108 A C Zackey Mike de Kock
17   4 Nightingale   57.5 105 A M Byleveld Candice Bass-Robinson
18 16 Safe Harbour   57 101 T A R Danielson Sean Tarry
19  5 Cascapedia (IRE)   56 103 BA A Delpech Mike de Kock
20  6 Oh Susanna (AUS)   51.5 108 A G van Niekerk Justin Snaith
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(1,18) (2,4,7) (3,15,17) (6,8,11,14,20) (13,16,19)

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