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The Sun Met 2020!

14 horses will be contesting the R3-million Grade 1 main race at The Sun Met 2020 on 1 February at Kenilworth Racecourse!

Placing a bet is easy. Simply sign up at www.sunbet.co.za make a deposit and you’re good to go! Here are the pro’s predictions to help you pick a winner in the 2 000m main event.

*Draw refers to the starting stall for each horse.

1. Do It Again

The reigning Equus Horse-Of-The-Year has had a troublesome prep for this race, with well below-par efforts in both the Green Point Stakes and L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate. However, champions cannot be written off and he is still the highest-rated horse in the country at 136. But he will need a return to his very best to have any chance of pulling this one off.

DRAW 11
JOCKEY Richard Fourie
TRAINER Justin Snaith
RECORD 15 runs, 7 wins, 5 places
EARNINGS R8 410 000


2. Rainbow Bridge

The Sun Met 2019 winner has enjoyed an excellent prep with decent thirds in the Green Point Stakes and the Queen’s Plate, despite pulling very hard in the latter. Already fancied by many, the addition of English champion jockey Ryan Moore is sure to have won over many new supporters. Rainbow Bridge has a decent chance of being the first to defend his title since the great Pocket Power in 2007/8/9.

DRAW 5
JOCKEY Ryan Moore
TRAINER Eric Sands
RECORD 14 runs, 7 wins, 7 places
EARNINGS R5 442 500


3. Vardy

Vardy has dominated the Cape season so far and the fairytale for trainer Adam Marcus and jockey Craig Zackey would be complete were the horse to win this. Tries this trip for the first time, but on the evidence of his convincing Grade 3 Winter Classic victory over 1 800m, has every chance of getting the distance. Has to be the one to beat and a slow-run race would play into his hands even further with his renowned turn of foot.

DRAW 9
JOCKEY Craig Zackey
TRAINER Adam Marcus
RECORD 9 runs, 6 wins, 3 places
EARNINGS R2 302 200


4. Hawwaam

Unplaced for the first time in the Queen’s Plate, but Hawwaam is clearly miles better than that. Super-impressive when winning the Premier Trophy on his course debut and certainly has the ability to win this. His fragile temperament is always a worry, though, especially with all the noise and distractions of Met day. Hopefully will be at his best in his final SA appearance, and if so, will have an undeniable chance.

DRAW 12
JOCKEY Anton Marcus
TRAINER Mike de Kock
RECORD 10 runs, 8 wins, 1 place
EARNINGS R5 959 775


5. One World

One World is yet to finish out of the first three and arguably produced a career-best performance when runner-up in the Queen’s Plate. The 2 000m is a big question mark, but the Met is usually run at an unremarkable pace, and many a miler has won it. You can expect the usual whole-hearted display; One World shouldn’t be disregarded.

DRAW 13
JOCKEY MJ Byleveld
TRAINER Vaughan Marshall
RECORD 13 runs, 9 wins, 4 places
EARNINGS R3 921 875


6. Twist Of Fate

As game as they come, but something of a perennial bridesmaid at this level. Twist of Fate gives up-and-coming trainer Adam Marcus a second string to his bow, but is a few lengths off the very best and a minor place would appear the limit of his ambitions. As always, he will run his heart out.

DRAW 3
JOCKEY Aldo Domeyer
TRAINER Adam Marcus
RECORD 19 runs, 6 wins, 11 places
EARNINGS R3 175 850

7. Head Honcho

A gallant third using front-running tactics a year ago and sparingly raced since. Head Honcho faded badly last time out, but has plenty of class on his day – and jockey Piere Strydom is not someone you want to allow too much leeway up front. One of the livelier outsiders and capable of finishing in the money.

DRAW 4
JOCKEY Piere Strydom
TRAINER Andre Nel
RECORD 22 runs, 9 wins, 7 places
EARNINGS R1 650 125


8. Undercover Agent

Undercover Agent was very disappointing over his preferred 1 600m in both the Green Point and Queen’s Plate. He did finish a plucky fourth in 2019, but had a much better prep on that occasion. Has far too much quality to write off, but plenty of question marks remain and he would be a shock winner.

DRAW 6
JOCKEY Corne Orffer
TRAINER Brett Crawford
RECORD 21 runs, 7 wins, 7 places
EARNINGS R5 078 750


9. Bunker Hunt

Bunker has always been highly rated by his trainer and looked like he was ready to justify that opinion after finishing runner-up to Hawwaam in the Grade 2 Premier Trophy last time. On paper, he has an impossible task, but he should relish this trip. Don’t ignore him; the lightly raced four-year-old’s best days may still be ahead of him.

DRAW 2
JOCKEY Bernard Fayd'Herbe
TRAINER Justin Snaith
RECORD 10 runs, 3 wins, 4 places
EARNINGS R368 125


10. Eyes Wide Open

The dual Grade 1 winner was a decent fourth in the Vodacom Durban July, but didn’t shine in the Premier Trophy or Peninsula Handicap preparing for this race. He beat Do It Again to win the Cape Derby on this day two years ago, but hasn’t made the same improvement since and the five-year-old entire cannot be given a realistic winning chance on current form, despite his undoubted class.

DRAW 1
JOCKEY Warren Kennedy
TRAINER Glen Kotzen
RECORD 21 runs, 5 wins, 6 places
EARNINGS R2 180 875


11. Pack Leader

Three fair efforts after a year-and-a-half off and stays 2 000m, as indicated by his third in the Cape Derby two years ago. Well beaten in both the Green Point Stakes and Queen’s Plate, however, and needs to find a few lengths to be competitive at this rarefied level.

DRAW 13
JOCKEY MJ Byleveld
TRAINER Vaughan Marshall
RECORD 13 runs, 9 wins, 4 places
EARNINGS R3 921 875


12. Roy Had Enough (Australia)

Honest campaigner who rarely finishes far off them. Roy Had Enough has not placed in 6 Grade 1 attempts though, and was well beaten in the Vodacom Durban July, receiving plenty of weight from Do It Again and Rainbow Bridge. He looks outclassed in this race and the winner of the KZN Derby last June would probably have been better off running in the Western Cape Stayers over 2 800m.

DRAW 8
JOCKEY Sean Veale
TRAINER Vaughan Marshall
RECORD 30 runs, 6 wins, 10 places
EARNINGS R900 125


13. Majestic Mozart

Majestic Mozart stayed on for a fair third in the Peninsula Handicap last time, but only carried 54kg there. He has been consistently tried against the best around and has always been found wanting. His only victory was a Maiden Plate and he appears a very optimistic entry.

DRAW 14
JOCKEY Keagan de Melo
TRAINER Candice Bass-Robinson
RECORD 15 runs, 1 win, 8 places
EARNINGS R939 250


14. More Magic

Progressive type and a fast-finishing fourth in the Peninsula Handicap with 52kg. Meeting this field at level weights is another matter altogether, though, and it’s hard to see More Magic making any kind of impression. Expected to finish last, and while likely to do a bit better than that, it still looks a case of too much, too soon.

DRAW 7
JOCKEY Greg Cheyne
TRAINER Candice Bass-Robinson
RECORD 14 runs, 2 wins, 6 places
EARNINGS R158 500

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