Champion jockey Ryan Moore to ride
The Sun Met 2019 winner
A big drawcard for the main race at The Sun Met on 1 February 2020 is that champion British champion jockey Ryan Moore will be running hot favourite Rainbow Bridge, writes David Thiselton
After winning The Sun Met 2019 Grade 1 race, Rainbow Bridge will be back to defend his title in the 2 000m weight-for-age race in 2020. The horse is trained by Eric Sands, who was very happy with his charge's wellbeing ahead of the event.
Some of the five-year-old Ideal World gelding's fans have been concerned about the hard race he had in the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate, but Sands said: "He got caught in the front with Hawwaam and they were fighting head to head for about three furlongs, so it was a great effort for him to still stay on for third. We had to ease back on him a little after the race, but he is now well. I am very happy with him."
Jockey Moore touched down in South Africa after riding in the Pegasus World Cup on 25 January in Florida, USA, where he finished second on the Aidan O'Brien-trained Magic Wand.
Sands believes there will be a fair pace in the Met. He identified Twist of Fate as a horse who had run his best races when going strongly up with the pace and said Head Honcho was another contender who liked to be right up there.
He added: "We are drawn outside both of them too."
Sands said he could see the horses setting an "honest", rather than very fast pace.
Rainbow Bridge has a fine draw of five, while Twist of Fate and Head Honcho are drawn three and four respectively.