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Sun Met Weights Today

Final chance for a supplementary entry today

Between them, Vardy and Hawwaam threw different spanners into the 2020 Gr1 Sun Met mix in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate on Saturday.

Today is the final opportunity to supplement an entry – it costs R22 770 – into the 2000m weight-for-age contest to be run over 2000m at Kenilworth on Saturday 1 February,

Is this a taste of the Vardy elation to come on 1 February? (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

After Saturday, Mike de Kock’s Irish-bred Queen Supreme, an outstanding winner of the Cartier Gr1 Paddock Stakes is a possible Met supplementary, although her connections may opt for the softer Majorca Stakes route.

South Africa’s leading bookmakers Hollywoodbets adjusted the Sun Met betting after the Queen’s Plate with Hawwaam retaining favouritism at just over 15-10 and with Vardy coming in to 22-10.

See the Hollywoodbets Met ante-post market here

“I think our adjusted betting pretty much sums it up. Hawwaam is clearly not the superstar that everyone has made him out to be and, despite the fact that he is a champion, he is certainly beatable. And if it were not for the fact that all the horses were affected by the delay at the start debacle it appears that the public will think he is the only one that  suffered. That is the major reason he is still favourite,” suggests Hollywoodbets Patrick Bradley.

Bradley said that Vardy has shown in his last two comprehensive victories how much he has improved and is indeed the rising star and without a doubt is now the horse to beat.

He feels that One World is very consistent but is well held.

“Then we have last year’s runner-up Do It Again, who is clearly not at his best but certainly cannot be written off as well as 2019 Met winner Rainbow Bridge, who is incredibly honest and consistent.”

He is of the opinion that Soqrat (8,80 lengths off Vardy on Saturday) has had a tough season and could quite possibly give the race a miss.

None of the other current Sun Met horses on the day really put their hands up as serious contenders.

The Met weights will be published later today.

Declarations are due by 11h00 on Monday 20 January.

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8 comments on “Sun Met Weights Today

  1. bob kistnasamy says:

    Viewing the race, Hawwaam did not settle as did Rainbow Bridge. It is difficult for us to pinpoint the reason/s for the poor run of the seasoned champions. It is a bit premature to discount the chances of the proven horses. One World is a honest and consistent performer and his chances must not be underestimated.
    My prediction for the Met 2020 is an upset with Tarry taking the laurels.

  2. Verlynn Johnson says:

    I disagree did you see twist of fate running a gallant 4th. I think his got potential to win the Sunmet. Don’t write him off. The inform Adam Marcus will bring into peak and he will be just ripe for the Sunmet. He is a big danger to the others and I think 2000m will suite him just right.

  3. Speedyvar says:

    Could Mike de Kock decide that’s it.Pack Hawwaam back into his cotton wool lined transport and send him back home to race against softer targets..A couple of special setup Pinnacle stakes would be fine
    In that way the shouts of,”We have not seen the best of Hawwaam” could still be true.
    It is all about the trip to Oz..

  4. Beach Boy says:

    Why are people writing off Hawwaam? Twist of Fate didn’t finish that far off and Hawwaam beat him comfortably the previous race. Anything can happen in 1 race and it’s mad to write off Hawwaam. Moreover, being a Silvano, he will be far more effective over 2,000m than over 1,600m, while, arguably, the contrary could be said about Vardy (being by Var) and One World (Captain Al).

    On the Queen’s Plate, Rainbow Bridge should be hugely fancied, he didn’t have cover and ran well. He will also be much better over 2,000m.

    Do It Again is a champion but how much can he improve in 3 weeks? He can still win the July but I can’t see him winning the Met.

    Overall, though, Vardy has shown that he is a superstar. He will not have been at his best in the LQP, having his second run after a long rest and surgery. If he stays the 2,000m, he will win. And he had previously demolished One World over 1,800m in the Winter Classic, so he is likely to stay. Rainbow Bridge and Hawwaam would be well advised to put strong pacemakers in the race to test Vardy’s stamina.


    I’m convinced Hawwaam hasn’t even career at stud, never mind in Australia. They have massive bush fires there and plenty of smoke.

    He won’t be able to handle it

  6. Mux says:

    Tarry entering shango that’s a shocker!!!
    Ideal race was obvious for his age category
    Being CTS mile on met day with high stakes.
    Clearly under sufferance tremendously!!!
    Bob you got it all wrong, Tarry putting his top 3yr old horse to have a yard stick pointer for
    Upcoming Durban season against cpt trainers and champions !!!

  7. Niran says:

    William are you making a mockery of a phenomenon that is crippling an entire ecosystem?,billions of animals have perished ,thousands of people have been displaced ,yet you sit in the comfort of your perch and make fun of a tragedy ,it is testament to your callous breed ,and dare I say it ,the innocent suffer becoz of idiots like you. Back to racing , firstly vardy has proved now that he is up there with the very best in the land and what about the training credentials of young adam marcus ,under the tutelage of his great father he has grown into a fine horseman who will one day fpy our flag high on the international stage ,there’s no doubt about that ,all of you who knock hawaam down ,it is always prevalent in society where people always want to knock down a champion,hawaam will bounce back ,the queens plate form is obviously questionable ,if we use soqrat and do it again as line horses ,so before anybody jumps the gun theres still scores to be settled .. on form and weights one world cannot beat vardy in the met ,the main protagonists have issues ,namely do it again and hawaam ,and soqrat subsequently been scratched ,lets we not forget that hawaam did have an interrupted preparation going into the queens plate ,mike de kock has won group ones all over the world ,anton marcus has ridden group ones on many champions, both of them are great horsemen in their own right , and if they say a horse is a champion ,trust them !!!! I reckon hawaam will redeem himself and win the met ,rainbow bridge and vardy will be the dangers and take the six places on bunker hunt,also talented but not without issues .

  8. Niran says:

    And let’s not cover up Anton Marcus’s ride on hawaam , definitely up there with his worse ,and can’t forget the summer cup ride on soqrat either …even the very best have their odd day or two ,all comes with being human.

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