Finally the Met day has arrived, yet another one of those days that everyone has not stopped talking about since we stepped off the plane in late November… The J&B Met is South Africa's biggest and best known race day and it's held at the Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town. The same racecourse we've been visiting almost every week since we arrived!
I for one am extra excited about the day because Ant's has got a ticket and is flying down from PE meaning that I get to see him one last time before we leave!
It's a big day for dressing up and I'm told that many will be in fancy dress. This year's theme though is "something different" which is quite hard unless you are a budding designer so we are wondering how many people will actually bother.
Adam has bought me a nice dress especially for the day although he will be wearing the same shirt and black trousers he bought for the races in our first week here…oh well!
I'll keep it short and sweet but the day is basically a bigger and better version of the Queen's Plate. Everyone gets different wrist bands of various price bands and each band gets you into a different area. There are also multi coloured bands that you can pick up throughout the course area and if you collect one of each by swapping with other people then you can get a free drink at the bar.
There are all sorts of tents and entertainers and groups of women wearing nothing but body paint and people on stilts and wearing ridiculous hats but all in all it's just a big excuse for everyone to get very drunk and have a fun day out.
I've never seen the course so busy but apparently it's not half as busy as it used to be only a few years ago there was a fire in the car park that took out all the cars and half the racecourse and since then there's been a big restriction on numbers.
Adam and I had wristbands that entitled us to go to the fourth floor. I've mentioned this floor before and it's kind of prestigious. It's certainly not cheap although Annabel arranged these tickets complimentary. It means we get a 3 course buffet lunch and free drinks all day as well as the best views of the whole course so we are certainly happy.
Justin and Anthony have got wristbands that let them onto the second floor. This is where all the locals go and it has a good bar and vibe but no free food. Our tickets allows us to go to the second floor as well as the course itself so we spent quite a lot of the day wondering around with them when we weren't eating or making the most of the free drinks.
It was a fantastic day out with many familiar faces including many of the jockey's we have met through my brother. Justin had dragged me along to the shops with him previously and was looking very dapper in his new shirt and trousers - haha!
After the races finished (as usual we were pretty unsuccessful with our bets!) we stayed on and explored the various open marquee's and bars available and ended up on the fourth floor where a guy was happily singing karaoke style to many songs, local and international, until the place finally closed sometime around midnight. Then we were unceremoniously evicted and our designated driver (one of Justin's very obliging mates) drove us all home.
It was a fantastic day and we all had a blast!