The Sun Met (previously the J&B Met) is once again sure to be a crowd pleaser this year at Kenilworth Racecourse. Said to be South Africa’s most prestigious horseracing event, the Sun Met offers equestrian and betting enthusiasts the chance to see some of the finest thoroughbreds in the country strut their stuff. So which horses are at the peak of their career? Who should horseracing betting fans place their money on? We take a look at the top four horses and a wild card pick in the Sun Met field for 2017.
Marinaresco: Currently one of the favourites to win The Sun Met 2017, Marinaresco has 4 wins out of 13 races under his belt. The Bay Gelding most recently won the Champions Cup at Greyville on the 31st July 2016 by 1,25 lengths from Judicial, No Worries and Saratoga Dancer. Marinaresco was 2nd in the Vodacom Durban July Gr1 and 3rd in the Investec Cape Derby Gr1. How will he fair though without trainer Mike Bass who retired after The Champions Cup?
Current Betting odds: 33/10
Legal Eagle: This Greys Inn gelding was crowned 2015/16 SA Horse Of The Year at the Emperors Palace Casino in Johannesburg in August 2016. He also won the Champion Older Male and the Champion Miler Awards. He is a firm favourite this year for The Sun Met trophy and only time will tell whether he can do it.
Current Betting odds: 5/2
Bela-Bela: One of the country’s favourite horses, Bela-Bela has a number of wins under her belt, and most recently the prestigious Woolavington 2000 in May 2016. This fine filly is known for her good looks, royal racing blood, superstar temperament and oodles of natural ability. Does she have what it takes to win the Sun Met?
Current Betting odds of: 12/1
Whiskey Baron: The Brett Crawford trained Bay Gelding stunned onlookers by winning the Market Toyota Culemborg Allowance Plate on 30th November 2016. Other events won last year by Whiskey Baron were the All To Come Graduation Plate and the Pomodoro Maiden Plate. Most recently however 2017 Sun Met super unknown with a monumental performance to win the R400 000 Gr2 Peninsula Handicap at Kenilworth on Saturday 7th Jan 2017. Is this Whiskey Barons year?
Current betting odds of: 11/2
Wild Card Pick:
The Conglomerate: Perhaps its merely because famous jockey Frankie Dettori will be riding this Durban July 2016 winner but The Conglomerate has everyone talking. However Dettori will face a true test as his mount is drawn widest of all.
Current betting odds of 25/1
Place your Sun Met bets on these and other horses.
All betting odds are correct at time of publishing. This may vary on a daily basis. Please check the current betting odds before placing your bets.
Before you place any bets, it would be useful to take note of the below betting tips:
1. Do your Research
The horses that are racing at The Sun Met in 2017 have a long history of racing in tournaments over the last few years. By understanding how they performed in each race, will allow you to have a better understanding of their expected performance. For example The Sun Met’s current favourite, Marinaresco, has worn blinkers for most of his races, these didn’t work for him in the 2016 Durban July but will what has been decided for the Sun Met and how will this affect his race?
2. Do your homework on the value of a bet
Professional horse racing punters always look for the “value” in a bet. This is when their idea of the probability for a horse winning is bigger than the bookmaker’s price indicates. If for example they think a horse has a 40% chance (15/10) of winning and the horse is priced up at 2/1 (33%), they have a decent betting opportunity. Therefore merely betting on your favorite horse is a risky decision as it may not pay off. It’s important to assess which bets will give you the most value, so do your homework.
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3. Don’t bet too big too early
It’s important for Sun Met betting enthusiasts to manage their betting strategy and system to ensure that they don’t bet too big too early on. What does this mean? It means that if you place all your eggs in one basket too early on in the day, you may miss out on opportunities later in the day as your betting budget has already been exhausted. Divide your budget and time on opportunities throughout the day to ensure maximum coverage. This betting tip has helped many to win big at the Sun Met.
4. Have consistent betting systems
Serious horse racing punters are consistent in what they play. They don’t miss a place accumulator because three in a row have lost and they don’t increase their bet if they had a good win the day before. The best Sun Meet betting punters find a system that works and they stick to it.
5. Manage your betting budget
All successful Sun Met bettors know that you need to have a Sun Met betting budget and stick to it. This is true especially if you have a good win. Sticking to your Sun Met betting budget allows you to plan your betting budget responsibly and ensures you don’t bet money that you don’t have to bet with. Responsible Sun Met betting is paramount when it comes to your betting budget.
6. Assess the going of the event before you bet
The going is the ground that horses will race on. Most horses will be influenced by the surface that they race on, is it muddy and soft or is it dry and firm? If a horse wins one or more races on soft or heavy going, you can presume with good reason that such ground is suited to his racing style. Unless the horse has run poorly on firm going, there is no conclusive evidence that firm going might not suit the horse even better. Therefore pay careful attention to the going at Greyville racecourse just before the event before placing a bet.
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