Top 10 Things You Need to Know About The Sun Met 2017
While it may be almost three weeks since the inaugural Sun Met celebrated with Mumm took place at Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town, we're still caught up in the world of horses and haut couture stylish celebrities and endless bottles of G.H. Mumm Champagne. To keep those memories alive just a little longer, here are the top 15 facts about Africa's richest horse race you need to know…
- Who took home the prize for the Best Dressed Couple?
While there was undoubtedly no shortage of glitz and glam on the day as celebrities and race-goers interpreted the theme of #DecadesofGlamour, it was model and blogger Abongwe Qokela and fashion influencer Anesu Chogugudza who walked away with the title of Best Dressed Couple. Basing their winning look of the TV series Mad Men, Qokela wore a 1950s-inspired dress by Merwe Mode, with a hat from Crystal Birch, while Chogugudza looked ever so dapper in a suit from Markham.
- Which horse won the The Sun Met celebrated with Mumm race?
Causing a bit of a stir by beating race favourite Legal Eagle, it was Whisky Baron that strode over the finish line first to claim The Sun Met celebrated with Mumm title race, and with it R5-million. Ridden by Greg Cheyne, it was the Australian-bred horse's fifth victory with Cheyne on board.
- Total prize money awarded on Race Day?
Dubbed 'Africa's richest horse race', an astounding R23 031 000 was handed out to the top teams of the day. Most notable wins included The Sun Met celebrated with Mumm race, which had a cash prize of R5-million, and the Investec Cape Derby with a purse of R1-million.
- Who is Frankie Dettori?
Lanfranco Dettori, more commonly known as 'Frankie' comes from a long line of horse-racing heritage. An Italian jockey, based in the United Kingdom, his father was also a celebrated jockey on the Italian racing scene. While Dettori has numerous wins under his belt, arguably his most famous achievement was riding all seven winners of the British Champions Day at Ascot in 1996.
A lesser known fact about Dettori – he also has his own line of frozen Italian food and has opened a restaurant, Frankie's Italian Bar and Grill, in London with celebrity chef Marco Pierre White.
- How many bottles of G.H. Mumm Champagne were opened?
Suffice it to say, guests did not go thirsty. From the time gates opened at 10h30am to the last notes of the after-party at 23h00pm, approximately 3 000 bottles of G.H. Mumm Champagne were opened on the field. If you consider that there are approximately 49 million bubbles in a bottle, it explains the particularly effervescent crowd!
- Who were the big entertainment acts?
Long after bets were won and lost, guests were entertained by some of the best local music acts at the Guess Lifestyle Village - including Goodluck, Mi Casa, Euphonik and Sketchy Bongo.
- Who is Warrick Gautier and what role did he play on the day?
A legend in South African fashion, this designer dressed some of the most stylish celebrities on the day, including Jeannie D and Lee-Ann Liebenberg. He also served on the judging panel for Best Dressed Couple.
- What was the name of the horse that won the Investec Cape Derby?
It was a good day for the Crawford Racing stable, as they produced two of the big winners of the day. Their Edict of Nantes won the Investec Cape Derby and with it a whopping R1- million in prize money. Crawford Racing's other coup was Whisky Baron winning The Sun Met celebrated with Mumm title race.
- What were the odds on Legal Eagle winning The Sun Met celebrated with Mumm title race?
Legal Eagle was the popular favourite to win The Sun Met celebrated with Mumm title race, with odds of 15-10 (22-10). Legal Eagle was followed by Marinaresco, with odds of 33-10 and Whisky Baron, with odds of 75-10 in terms of race favourites. The final results saw Whisky Baron claiming the title, with Legal Eagle second and Marinaresco coming fifth.
- Which celebrities were there?
The South African glitterati was out in full force, with many celebrities spotted on the day. Among them was KFM presenter Liezel van der Westhuizen; TV personality and socialite Khanyi Mbau – in a gorgeous, gold silk number; former Miss South Africa Vanessa Carreira-Coutroulis; Swazi actress Amanda du-Pont and Olympic swimmer Chad le Clos, among others. #SunMet influencers were also in attendance, and included Sergio Ines, Melody Molale, Sarah Langa, the dapper trio of creatives from 'I See A Different You' and Jerri Mokgofe.
Did you know?
Number of times #SunMet was mentioned on the day
The inaugural Sun Met celebrated with Mumm was a social occasion, both on and off the track. Looking at Twitter alone, #SunMet is estimated to have reached almost 1 million people. Now, that's something to talk about.
Whether you're already planning your outfit for the 2018 event, or keen to see what you missed out on this year, keep an eye on our social channels to make sure you're the first to find out when details for next year's Sun Met celebrated with Mumm are released.