Think smart at the Met

The Citizen (KZN) - - City - – Cit­i­zen re­porter

Plan­ning on a day at the races? Here’s nine tips to make Ke­nil­worth Race­course in Cape Town a full-day party on Fe­bru­ary 1.

1. Tick­ets

A gen­eral ac­cess ticket goes for R200 and gives you ac­cess to all pub­lic ar­eas and the of­fi­cial af­ter party. You can buy them from Tick­et­pro and out­lets around Cape Town.

If you’re look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle more ex­clu­sive, Circa has hos­pi­tal­ity pack­ages start­ing from R2 000 per per­son. You’ll have lofty sur­round­ings from which to en­joy the ac­tion, com­pli­men­tary food and drinks, ac­cess to the af­ter party and much more.

2. Who’s bring­ing the bub­bly?

A day at the race isn’t com­plete with­out bub­bly. House of BNG is the of­fi­cial cel­e­bra­tion part­ner for The Sun Met 2020 and the house’s two vari­ants, Brut and

Brut Rosé, will be filling ev­ery flute, tulip and coupe at Ke­nil­worth Race­course.

3. The horse rac­ing

If you will be plac­ing a bet, it’s a good idea to pay at­ten­tion to the draw, as many be­lieve it can have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the out­come.

Many pun­dits ar­gue that horses that land in the in­side stalls will be in the best po­si­tion.

That be­ing said, it’s not guar­an­teed. Many fac­tors can af­fect the out­come of the race, in­clud­ing the start­ing po­si­tion, the con­di­tion of the track and the size of the field. But just to be safe, pay at­ten­tion to the bar­rier draw.

The Sun Met is not called Africa’s rich­est race for noth­ing, with the pri­mary race of­fer­ing a R3 mil­lion prize.

4. Dress code

The theme for The Sun Met 2020 is “African Lux­ury:


All race­go­ers should feel in­spired by their in­ner vi­sion, cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion and ar­rive ready to trans­form Africa’s rich­est race day into a har­mony of vi­sion­ary imag­i­na­tion.

Still clue­less about what to wear?

Take in­spi­ra­tion from the of­fi­cial The Sun Met 2020 cam­paign, with vi­sion­ar­ies Bo­nang Matheba and reign­ing Miss South Africa Zozi Thunzi, who’ve been styled by Palesa Mokubung.

5. The en­ter­tain­ment

The fan­tas­tic en­ter­tain­ment on of­fer is as thrilling as the horse rac­ing. Lead­ing the pack is Africa is

not a jun­gle, which show­cases the finest SA tal­ent in­clud­ing DJ Black Cof­fee, Eu­phonik and Da Capo. Sama-win­ner Holly Rey will also be on the bill, along with chore­og­ra­pher and DJ Court­nae Paul.

HeartFM DJs Ty­rone Paulsen, Co­dax and Ver­non Carver will be on the decks through­out the day.

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