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Sun Met – Bumper Raceday

Hollywood are betting!

After some had expressed reservations about the size of the R5 million Gr1 Sun Met final field, which only drew 13 contestants, the overall card size and substance for the Cape’s flagship raceday on 26 January looks set to gain the approval and patronage of regular players.

Class colt One World – runs in the CTS 1600 (Chase Liebenberg Photography)

The switch to weight-for-age for the big race from 2018 has naturally given rise to the likelihood that  less passengers would take their chances.

Conditions races and handicaps obviously attract larger fields with the playing surface more levelled, but the striving for quality and the introduction of weight-for-age has raised the prestige of the historic race, which has been won by some of our greatest horses down the years.

The Sun Met day twelve race card has attracted 195 runners with five races on the day supported by reserve runners.

See the fields here

The first race makes an early start at 11h50 with the final event off at 19h00.

Many punters questioned the wisdom of running another local meeting parallel to the big day – as on L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate day when Greyville ran concurrently.

On Met day,a Turffontein Inside track meeting is scheduled.

Twist Of Fate runs in the CTS 1600 (Chase Liebenberg Photography)

The two CTS races to be run for a stakes of R5 million apiece over 1200m and 1600m on the day have attracted quality fields.

Our Sun Met Zone – click here

These are restricted to eligible graduates of the 2017 Cape Premier Yearling Sale held on 21 and 22 January 2017, 2017 CTS March Yearling Sale held on 18 and 19 March 2017 and the 2017 Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale held on 21 April 2017.

South Africa’s leading bookmakers Hollywood have opened betting on the Sun Met, the Majorca Stakes, the Cape Derby, the CTS 1200, CTS 1600 and the Cape Flying Championship.

Click here to see the betting

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8 comments on “Sun Met – Bumper Raceday

  1. Tony Ridgway says:

    I’m very disappointed in 13, although it’s my lucky number! Turffontein will just annoy on Saturday – no in-depth interviews on Met Day? I also ask TELLYTRACK (the channel) ONCE AGAIN: your chanle (239) has the LOWEST sound levels of all DSTV channels. Get your sound engineer to TWEAK, or get a limiter. 13, it may be, but it will be a great race! I’m worried for SA Racing, presently.


    Good on you Mr Ridgway,

    Tellytrack, do you need us to make sure there’s enough toilet paper and teabags at Rivonia as well ?

  3. Kay says:

    It is indeed very disappointing that Kenilworth once again don’t have a stand alone meeting come Met day. I’m sure the Met meeting with massive pools would suffice but again a big meeting gets spoiled with another local meeting thus again we wont get in depths interviews pre and post races. Whats the use of streaming ‘SA clean feed’ yet break aways prevent one from enjoying a good days racing. I dont watch TellyTrack because of the endless racing coverage all over the show so prefer to subscribe and stream SA racing. With the Queen Plate it was annoying that after every race almost straight away the venue was switched to Greyville and the feed was focused on horses in low handicap races milling around. Its not about watching replays and post-race interviews later as one wanna get that straight away. Why can’t the powers that be have stand alone meetings when it comes to the Queens Plate, Met, Summer Cup, July to name a few.

  4. Niran says:

    Although we might criticise and vent our disappointment,naturally I think.owners and trainers dont want to waste money supplementing horses knowing they have little chance of earning a stake cheque after the race was turned into a weight for age contest ,inevitably only attracting the best horses in the land.

  5. Your sound is not the same level as all other channels.It has been like this a long and annoying time now.Wake up.

  6. lazarus says:

    What an exciting card ? Wow! With yhe Eagle feeling as young as his jockey we sure in for one hell of a race !!!! Add the other races on and we gonna have the most exciting race day in SA!!!!!! Wish i could be there………..

  7. Arnold says:

    As an aside I’m yet to know what happens to quartet carry overs on any race meeting.

  8. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Arnold, to my knowledge, it carries Fwd to the next Sat meeting, mostly onto Lucky Last Race. It creates massive pools at times…

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