Sun Met 2018 Highlights
The most stylish event of the year, The Sun Met Celebrated with Mumm, brings together the horse-racing fraternity, fashion icons, celebrities and Champagne lovers for a glamorous day at the races. The result is a star-studded occasion that stands out from other SA horse-racing events. To understand the sheer thrill of Africa’s Richest Race Day, we recall some of the big moments from last year’s event hosted by Sun International in partnership with G.H. Mumm and Kenilworth Racecourse.
‘In 2018, we were fortunate enough to host some really big grade-one races at the Sun Met. In total, we have 13 races and the prize money is probably three times bigger than any other race day on the continent… there’s more at stake and it raises the bar for everyone,’ says Sun International’s Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Rob Collins.
Despite Legal Eagle being the ﬁrm favourite to win the main race (having won the Queen’s Plate and coming second at the 2017 Sun Met), it was Australian horse
Oh Susanna, jockeyed by Grant van Niekerk, who took the prestigious title.
Did you know?
With prize money worth over R20-million, the Sun Met is also known as ‘Africa’s Richest Race Day’.
To add to a powerful day of racing, the 2018 Sun Met was not short on celebrities with Olympic athlete Usain Bolt and Miss Universe 2017, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, handing over the R5-million prize to the winner of the main race. The day was also attended by some of SA’s most iconic sporting and media personalities including Somizi Mhlongo, Liezel van der Westhuizen, Lalla Hirayama, Minnie Dlamini Jones, Cameron van der Burgh, Siv Ngesi, Ayanda Thabethe and a bevy of former Miss South Africa winners including Cindy Nell-Roberts, Melinda Bam and Rolene Strauss.
In between the horse racing, Sun Met attendees were treated to world-class entertainment, which kicked off with a buzzing red carpet hosted by Miss South Africa 2017, Adé van Heerden. ‘Sun International truly stepped up to the plate this year. It’s not just a race, it’s an entire experience from the moment you walk onto the red carpet to all the lounges, the theme, the fashion… it’s a whole vibe and it’s quite electrifying,’ said van Heerden. The action started shortly before midday and continued long into the evening with crowds swooning over SA’s hottest DJs and musicians including DJ Zinhle, Mi Casa, Euphonik and DJ Kent.
Under the theme ‘Style Ahead of the Field’, fashionistas at the 2018 Sun Met proudly donned their Afro-chic outfits – think beads, feathers, bold patterns and bright colours – all with a touch of elegance to suit the day’s festivities. A stylish fashion show featured designs from Khosi Nkosi, Imprint ZA, Ri.Ch Factory and House of
Olé, with Mala Bryan and Charles Samuels taking the top prize in the Best Dressed Competition.
Did you know?
The official theme for Sun Met 2019 is African Luxury: Precious Metals. Click here for more details.
Images from The Sun Met 2018
Get Ready for Sun Met 2019
Preparations for the 2019 edition of The Sun Met Celebrated with Mumm have already begun and Sun International is proud to be hosting the event once again.
Clyde Basil, Phumelela Gaming Sales and Marketing Executive, is excited at the prospects: ‘To have Sun International as a partner is fantastic. We’ve started off extremely well and we look forward to seeing what Sun International has in store at Sun Met 2019.’
On 26 January 2019, Sun International will once again join forces with G.H. Mumm and Kenilworth Racecourse to host one of the most exciting days on Cape Town’s social calendar. The fashion, the entertainment and, of course, the horse-racing
will fuse into a glamorous day at the races. ‘We’re really striving to make the 2019 Sun Met bigger and better with more people, more hospitality and more unforgettable entertainment. Watch this space!’ says Rob Collins.