Mike Moon
Horse racing correspondent
4 minute read
12 Jan 2021
3:36 pm

Adam Marcus talks about his surprise Met move

Mike Moon

Trainer Adam Marcus sprang a surprise this week when he supplemented three-year-old filly Princess Calla into the Cape Met, to be run at Kenilworth on Saturday, 30 January.

Queen Elizabeth II’s runner Reach For The Moon was a red-hot 2-5 favourite to win the Hampton Court Stakes, but the colt was given a galloping lesson by Claymore, owned by South Africa’s Mark Slack. Picture: iStock.

Princess Calla finished third behind Queen Supreme in the Grade 1 Paddock Stakes, a weight-for-age contest for fillies and mares on this past Saturday’s L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate card – with the daughter of Flower Alley finishing strongly over the 1800m and looking sure to go the 200m extra of the Met. But the Met has traditionally been a spooky place for trainers with three year olds – even male three year olds. The prevailing wisdom is that January is a little too early in the season for the youngsters; they are still maturing and not quite ready to take on...