Byleveld – How I won the Met

PUBLISHED: 03 February 2020

One World (Liesl King)

“Before the race I was thinking back to how well One World had run in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate. They went quite quick that day and he really kicked. I know there were doubts whether he would stay the trip in the Met but, if you watch the replay, you will see that he ran to the line.

“I said to Mr Marshall ‘Please run this horse in the Met – I think he could win.’ Obviously the draw was a bit of a worry but I knew Head Honcho would go on and I thought that, if I could just latch on to him, it would be ideal. He gave me good speed out of the gate and Ryan Moore on Rainbow Bridge followed me.

“When a horse challenges One World he kicks on but in the Queen’s Plate Vardy had a good turn of foot at the right time and he outsprinted me. At the 400m this time I started working on One World because I felt I needed to get going. I thought that if he is going to stay he is going to stay anyway but I needed to keep going and I was hoping that something would challenge me. Fortunately Rainbow Bridge came and he actually passed me. That made my race a little bit easier. My horse promptly changed legs, put his head down, ran to the line and I thought then that he would hold on. He has a big heart and I could tell that he enjoyed the fight every bit as much as I did.”

By Michael Clower