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Smart Call Wins Gr1 J&B Metropolitan Handicap
At Kenilworth in South Africa, 4YO mare Smart Call (Ideal World-Good Judgement, by Horse Chestnut) registered the third top-flight victory of her career when scoring a comprehensive 3.5-length win for trainer Alec Laird in the R2.5 million Gr1 J&B Metropolitan Handicap (2000m) for 3YO+, over 4YO entire Legal Eagle (Greys Inn-Young Sensation, by National Emblem) & 5YO entire Captain America (Captain Al-Requista, by Fort Wood). Bred and owned by Mauritzfontein Stud, Smart Call took her record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 Paddock Stakes & Gr1 Woolavington 2000 Stakes) and 6 placings from 16 starts for nearly R3.5 million earnings. Smart Call became the first female to win the Met since Australian-bred champion Igugu took out the race in 2012.