Odds are the Met will shine

Horses and pun­ters are ready give it their all at the social event of the year

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - METRO - LUKE FOLB

GOLD and sil­ver hues will daz­zle at Ke­nil­worth Race­course when the Sun Met makes its re­turn this month.

The theme for the 157th race is African Luxury: Pre­cious Me­tals.

Sun In­ter­na­tional spokesper­son Gareth Flusk said he ex­pected rac­ing en­thu­si­asts and fash­ion­istas to don their best gold, cop­per and plat­inum out­fits.

“With two weeks to go peo­ple should def­i­nitely get their out­fits fi­nalised be­cause it’s an event you want to be seen at be­cause of the big celebrity pres­ence that we have at the Met.”

Flusk was mum on what race­go­ers could ex­pect and said there would be some sur­prises on the day but said he was most ex­cited about the re­turn of speed­ster Usain Bolt along with lo­cal per­son­al­ity Min­nie DlaminiJones.

Bolt and Dlamini-Jones were ap­pointed as chief en­ter­tain­ment of­fi­cer and master of cel­e­bra­tions by spon­sor GH Mumm ahead of last year’s race.

De­signer Mzuk­isi Mbane, who owns the Im­print ZA la­bel, said in de­sign­ing his cre­ations for the race he had looked past the ini­tial theme.

“We didn’t start with the pre­cious metal el­e­ment, but rather started with the part that con­nects very strongly with our African aes­thetic. We have in­fused print with all these pre­cious me­tals in a rather out-of-the-box and fu­tur­is­tic way. So the ma­te­ri­als in­clude cot­ton, silk chif­fons, and other un­con­ven­tional ma­te­rial.”

Celebri­ties Mzuk­isi will dress for the race in­clude Palesa Tembe from Af­ter­noon Ex­press, co­me­dian Siv Ngesi and PR guru Lerato Sen­gadi.

Snaith Rac­ing will have a num­ber of horses com­pet­ing for the R5 mil­lion purse, in­clud­ing early favourite Do It Again, rid­den by jockey Richard Fourie, who re­cently won the L’Or­mains Queen’s Plate race.

“We had a fan­tas­tic run at the Queen’s Plate with Do It Again and Oh Su­sanna. He (Do It Again) is the type of horse own­ers dream of hav­ing be­cause he can change your life quite lit­er­ally and he’s done that for us,” said Jonathan Snaith.

“It’ll be a very com­pet­i­tive field. You ig­nore Le­gal Ea­gle at your peril and all in­di­ca­tions are Rain­bow Bridge will have a bet­ter show­ing than at Queen’s Plate.”

Sean Tarry, who trains Le­gal Ea­gle, said the horse had been “not him­self” on the day of Queen’s Plate, where he came in fourth place, and ex­pected him to bounce back at the Met.

Phumelela Gam­ing spokesper­son Danie To­e­rien said a day at the races should be fun and that was the most im­por­tant fac­tor, but said pun­ters should look out for dif­fer­ent signs when plac­ing bets.

“If your horse is priced gen­er­ously, for ex­am­ple 50:1 to win, he is not thought of as one that has a big chance of win­ning. Favourites only win 33.3% of the time. Just be­cause a horse is the favourite doesn’t guar­an­tee he or she will win,” To­e­rien said.

“Spend only what you can af­ford to lose.”

Ja­nine My­burgh, pres­i­dent of the Cape Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, said the Sun Met alone does not bring money to the lo­cal econ­omy, but com­bined with other at­trac­tions it made Cape Town an at­trac­tive desti­na­tion.

“The Sun Met does at­tract celebri­ties and that adds to the ex­cite­ment. Their pres­ence here is an en­dorse­ment of the good value and the hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence the Cape offers.

“The fo­cus is firmly on fash­ion and that is one of our great lo­cal in­dus­tries. It pro­vides first rate op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal de­sign­ers to show off their work in TV to the whole coun­try. Shop win­dows don’t come any big­ger than that,” said My­burgh.

The 2019 Sun Met is on Jan­uary 26 at Ke­nil­worth race­course.

The Sun Met is set to sparkle at the Ken­nil­worth Race­course this month.

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