Sandile Mbhele’s Met day just got even  better, as the 23-year-old has picked up the plum vacant ride on 2019 winner Kasimir in the Cape Flying Championship.

He was already looking forward to riding Silver Operator, his first mount in the Cape Town Met itself.

“I’m very chuffed to have picked up the ride. Mr Snaith told me last week he might need me to ride Kasimir, and asked me to come and work him. I’ve got my fingers crossed for my first Gr1, but it’s a very open and tough race.“

Sandile has four Listed wins, but is yet to notch a Graded race. Like champion jockey Lyle
Hewitson, he is sponsored by Kuda insurance.

And for what it’s worth, I think Messrs Fourie and Van Niekerk have got it wrong.

For me Kasimir is the right one of the three Snaith entries and will go close. -tt