Sun Met Expert Tips & Betting Advice

Known as South Africa's chief race, the Sun Met is a Grade One event that captures the nation.

South Africa's richest race day held annually at Kenilworth, the Sun Met aims to amalgamate high society with horse racing.

Sun Met 2023 Betting Tips

Find the information and the Sun Met betting tips with our expert guide to the Kenilworth Race.

Sun Met Information

  • DateSat 27 Jan, 2024
  • Race Time15:10
  • RacecourseKenilworth
  • Race Distance2000 metres
  • ConditionsWeight-for-age
  • StatusGrade 1
  • Prize Money$300,000

The Sun Met History

One of South Africa’s biggest races, The Sun Met (formerly known as the J & B Met) is run at the beggining of the year at Kenilworth racecourse, which is located in Cape Town. 

Ran at Grade One level, the Sun Met attracts huge numbers on course and looked upon as the meeting of glamour and racing.

Today the Sun Met is South Africa's richest race day and can be a launching pad for horses looking to ply their trade overseas.

The first Sun Met was run in 1883 when raced under the name of the Metropolitan Mile. It was taken out by Sir Hercules and although the race wasn’t overly popular in the early 1900’s, it has been a staple of South African racing since the 1960’s.

Boosting the popularity of the race was South African champion, Politician, which was the Phar 

Some of the best thoroughbreds have won The Sun Met, including Politician, Divine Master, Wolf Power and Horse Chestnut.

When J & B stepped away from the sponsorship, Sun International came in and raised the prize money to R5 million, making it the richest race in South Africa.

Sun Met Form Guide

Betting on The Sun Met isn't just unique to South Africa with the race drawing worldwide interest.

A big field is always presented and due to this, the odds on offer are generous from bookmakers. Similar to the Melbourne Cup in Australia, The Sun Met offers punters with great each-way value.

Unless there's a true standout on the card punters will be getting great odds on allmost all runners in the field.

Sun Met Previous Winners

2021Rainbow Bridget
2020One World
2019Rainbow Bridge
2018Oh Susanna
2017Whiskey Baron
2016Smart Call
2014Hill Fifty Four
2013Marital Eagle
2011Past Master
2010River Jetez
2009Pocket Power
2008Pocket Power
2007Pocket Power
2006Zebra Crossing
2002Polo Classic
2001Bunter Barlow
2000Badger's Coast
1999Horse Chestnut

Sun Met FAQ

When is the 2023 Sun Met?

The 2023 edition of the Grade One Sun Met from Kenilworth race course in South Africa is scheduled to take place on January 28 2023

Where is the Sun Met held?

The Sun Met is held at Kenilworth race course, which is located in Cape Town, South Africa.

What is the Sun Met distance?

The Sun Met is ran over the 2000m distance.

How much is the Sun Met prize money?

The Sun Met is worth R3 million, which translates to just over $300,000 in Australian dollars.