The Sun Met is the highlight of the South African racing calendar which, takes place at Kenilworth racecourse, Cape Town. Not only is this an event where the top SA racehorses come to showcase their talent but the local fashionistas and style gurus also flaunt their talents. The total purse of the biggest summer race totals R5 million. An impressive crowd of over 50,000 are drawn to Kenilworth on the last Saturday in January for this highlight event of the social calendar, so get ready to hit the shops to ensure you can find the fanciest frock to fit in with the frivolities of the 2018 Sun Met.
Kenilworth racecourse is unique in its environment as is stands within a small, 52 hectare nature reserve. This is one the best preserved patches of the Cape Flats Sand Fynbos. This racecourse is host to Cape Towns’ summer horse racing season which includes events such as the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate. Kenilworth is set amongst the iconic backdrop view of Table Mountain, one of the most astonishing sights in Cape Town.
The Met was first run in 1883 which was then known as the Metropolitan Mile. Over the many years, the race has grown in stature and has on a few occasions been run as many as five times a year. The 2016 Sun Met was won by 4 year old, Whisky Baron, trained by local trainer Brett Crawford. The win was a first for 40 year old SA National jockey leader, Greg Cheyne who has been partnered with Whisky Baron for 5 out 6 of his latest victories.
Other than the constant flow of champagne, fashion parades and top class SA thoroughbred racing, there is so much to see and do whilst you are in Cape Town. Make a visit to the V&A waterfront where you can enjoy world-class shopping, delicious dining and entertaining nightlife. Take a hike and make the most of the stunning natural environment by adventuring out on the many national trails which will take you to the best viewing points, or if you only fancy a leisurely stroll, the Newlands Forest may be more suitable. No trip to Cape Town would be complete without a cable car trip to the top of the new 7th Wonder of the World, Table Top Mountain, where you can soak up the views for hours upon hours.
Packages are now available for this once in a lifetime journey across the globe and what better excuse to go other than to attend the races! Our package includes 14 nights staying at a variety of hotels and B&Bs with adventurous activities planned to make your visit more worthwhile. Return flights and transfers are all included with your raceday tickets giving you access to reserved seating in the Kenilworth Room where you can enjoy an all day buffet and an open bar. To find more information on costs and what is included in your stay, please click here.