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The Sun Met Betting Tips

One of South Africa's prize horse racing events, The Sun Met is considered the pinnacle of horse racing in SA along with the Durban July.

Worth one of the biggest stakes on the calendar, The Sun Met is attended by all the big names of the industry and it's Cape Town's biggest event.

It's also Africa's richest raceday combined across the nine-race card at Kenilworth Racecourse in January each year.

Bookmakers always offer a wide-open market due to the popularity of the Cape Town race and we have the best The Met betting tips available when the field is released.

The Met Free Bets

Bookmakers often have free bets on offer for the The Sun Met, which is a popular thoroughbred race at Kenilworth in South Africa.

Check out our recommended bookmakers and top South African betting sites for the latest offers and promotions as well as The Met free bets.

The latest top bookmaker bonuses are below.

Live Streaming

You can watch a live stream of the The Sun Met at global bookmakers like bet365. They show most big South African races to an international audience and all you need is an account and a bet on the race.

The Sun Met Day Feature Races

It's the richest card on the African continent with four races worth R1,000,000 or more.

That includes the R5,000,000 Sun Met, which headlines the card.

  • R5,000,000 The Sun Met celebrated with G.H. MUMM 2000m Grade 1
  • R1,000,000 Betting World Cape Flying Championship 1000m Grade 1
  • R1,000,000 Bidvest Majorca Stakes 1600m Grade 1
  • R1,000,000 G-Bets Cape Derby 2000m Grade 1
  • R400,000 New Turf Carriers Stayers 2800m Grade 2
  • R150,000 Tattersalls Summer Juvenile Stakes 1000m Listed
  • $500,000 CTS 1200 (Non-Black Type)
  • $500,000 CTS 1600 (Non-Black Type)
  • R1-million Kuda Sprint (Non-Black Type)

The Sun Met Guineas History

The Met was first run in 1883, almost a century after the first locally bred thoroughbred foal wobbled to its feet and grew to elegant and imposing maturity in the shadows of the craggy mountain range.

In that first Met, run as the Metropolitan Mile, Sir Hercules proved the fleetest in a small field of seven.

In the next eight decades the race grew in stature, sometimes being run as many as five times a year. 

But the handicap conditions and large fields often resulted in the best equines in the land staying at home, rather than competing in a race that had become notoriously rough and prone to upset results.

Other memorable winners of the race include Foveros and Wolf Power, while impressive and popular Horse Chestnut carried the bright yellow-and-red sash after winning by a street. 

The mighty Pocket Power won the race three years running, from 2007 to 2009.

In 2016 the Investec Cape Derby and the Klawervlei Majorca Stakes were brought forward a week as the supporting features to the first CTS Million Dollar and the Grade 1 sprint formerly run a week before the Met replaced them on the Met Day programme.

The following year J&B pulled out as a sponsor and Sun International stepped into the void, raising the stake to R5 million, which made it the richest race in South Africa.

The CTS Million was split into two races worth $500,000 each and the Investec Cape Derby and Klawervlei Majorca Stakes were returned to Met Day.

The Sun Met Past Winners

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

Kenilworth Track Info

New Course: 2800m in circumference with 600m run-in. 
Old Course: 2700m with 450m run-in.

Races up to 1200m testing straight course (1200m races are occasionally run round the turn, starting on the new course and ending on the old course); beyond 1200m anti-clockwise round turn.

Low-numbers draws slightly preferred all races. Wet going can impact on draw in races down the straight.