The Sun Met will be run over 2000m at Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town on the 27th January and we take a look at the field and the betting along with a selection
The Met is Race 9 on a superb racecard which also includes the Cape Derby, Majorca Stakes and a host of other top class races. Betting for all the races is available here. The Met is due off at 17:15 and we start with a look at the runners and the betting.
The Field, Betting, Place Odds in Brackets Bet Now
1 Legal Eagle 7/2 (21/40)
3 Marinaresco 5/1 (15/20)
20 Oh Susanna 5/1 (15/20)
14 African Night Sky 8/1 (12/10)
12 Last Winter 10/1 (15/10)
19 Cascapedia Scratched
11 Copper Force 11/1 (33/20)
2 Captain America 16/1 (24/10)
10 Gold Standard 15/1 (9/4)
13 Heavenly Blue Scratched
4 Sail South 33/1 (99/20)
16 Nother Russia 30/1 (9/2)
17 Nightingale 40/1 (6/1)
6 Krambambuli 40/1 (6/1)
15 Horizon 50/1 (15/2)
7 Nebula 60/1 (9/1)
8 Elusive Silva 60/1 (9/1)
9 Coral Fever 66/1 (99/10)
5 Silicone Valley 100/1 (15/1)
18 Safe Harbour 90/1 (27/2)
Paying 4 Places Bet Now
Please note, the odds quoted are correct as of 10:30 Wednesday 24th January but are subject to change.
Leading Contenders Analysis
In last year’s Sun Met Legal Eagle went off 2/1 favourite and he finished second to Whisky Baron and he was also second in 2016. In last month’s Queens Plate Legal Eagle held on to win from Copper Force and a number of other fast finishers who might fancy their chances of beating him over this longer trip. Sean Tarry’s 6y0 is a model of consistency but being drawn in gate 15 is far from ideal.
Marinesco won the Durban July last year and he finished fifth in the 2017 edition of the Met. In the Queens Plate last month he came with a customary late charge and although he was fifth he was less than a length off the winner. As with Legal Eagle the draw could have been kinder, especially for a horse who leaves his challenge late.
The odds on Oh Susanna have been shortening and with a light mass of 51.5kg and a handy draw of 6 the 3yo filly is currently the shortest price of trainer Justin Snaith’s runners. A comfortable win over 1800m at this course last month confirmed her well being but this is much tougher.
African Night Sky is a stablemate of Oh Susanna and he has 5 wins from 10 starts against his name. He will need to step up on Queens Plate form where he finished seventh, 2.9 lengths behind Legal Eagle although tactics and pace in this race could be very different.
Last Winter represents the Kannemeyer yard and the 4yo has won 4 of 5 races. He ought to get the trip but is drawn 20 of 20.
Outside of the market leaders there are dangers abound and you can make some sort of case for the bulk of the field to run into the money.
Selections: Marinaresco win, Gold Standard place
Luck in running will play a major part but Marinaresco gets the verdict to come out on top after a very encouraging run over a shorter distance in the Queens Plate.
Gold Standard, fourth in this race last year, has something to find on Queens Plate form but gets the vote to run into a place and don’t forget to take advantage of our promotion below.