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 2021 Betting Tips

Find the latest tips and information on the Sun Met below:

Sun Met Information

  • DateSat 29 Jan, 2022
  • Race Time15:10
  • RacecourseKenilworth
  • Race Distance2000 metres
  • ConditionsWeight-for-age
  • StatusGrade 1
  • Prize Money$300,000

2021 Sun Met Betting Odds

Once betting odds are released we will update this page with up-to-the-minute markets on the Sun Met.

2020 Sun Met Barrier Draw

1 11 Do It Again R Fourie Justin Snaith
2 5 Rainbow Bridge R Moore Eric Sands
3 9 Vardy C Zackey Adam Marcus
4 12 Hawwaam A Marcus Mike de Kock
5 13 One World M Byleveld Vaughan Marshall
6 3 Twist Of Fate A Domeyer Adam Marcus
7 4 Head Honcho P Strydom Andre Nel
8 6 Undercover Agent C Orffer Brett Crawford
9 2 Bunker Hunt B Fayd’Herbe Justin Snaith
10 1 Eyes Wide Open W Kennedy Glen Kotzen
11 10 Pack Leader M Winnaar Glen Kotzen
12 8 Roy Had Enough (AUS) S Veale Frank Robinson
13 14 Majestic Mozart K de Melo Candice Bass-Robinson
14 7 More Magic G Cheyne Candice Bass-Robinson

2020 Sun Met Fixture

There's13 races on The Sun Met card, with the main race the ninth event on the program.

  • Race 1: South African Hall of Fame R84 Handicap
  • Race 2: Summer Juvenile Stakes
  • Race 3: Kuda Sprint
  • Race 4: CTS 1200
  • Race 5: CTS 1600
  • Race 6: Cape Flying Championship
  • Race 7: Investec Cape Derby
  • Race 8: Majorca Stakes
  • Race 9: The Sun Met
  • Race 10: Heineken Cape Stayers
  • Race 11: Cell C Handicap
  • Race 12: Mumm Bolt Handicap
  • Race 13: FM 80 Handicap

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

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 2021 Sun Met?

The 2021 edition of the Grade One Sun Met from Kenilworth race course in South Africa is scheduled to take place on February 6.

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 R$3 million, which translates to just over $300,000 in Australian dollars.

How to live stream the 2021 Sun Met?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how you can live stream the 2021 Sun Met.

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