History | The Sun Met Top


History of the horse + racing in SAF

Quick chronological fact sheet.

  • 1883

    Met first run

    Originally known as The Metropolitan Mile.

  • 1886

    South African Jockey Club and South African Turf Club amalgamate

    South African Jockey Club and South African Turf Club amalgamate, home at Kenilworth.

  • Oct 1885

    South African Derby (PE)

    South African Derby (PE), Totalisator in operation for first time in October.

  • 1887

    Summer Cup first run

    Gold rush.

  • 1890

    Tote legalised in Cape

  • 1893

    Green Point

    Green Point race course last meeting.

  • July 1897

    Durban first run

  • 1904

    South African Jockey Club

    Moved to Johannesburg.

  • May 1908


    First meeting at Milnerton in May.

  • 1978, 1979


    Politician won twice consecutively 1978, 1979

  • 2007, 2008, 2009

    Pocket Power

    Pocket Power won the Met 3 times consecutively 2007, 2008, 2009

  • 2015


    Futura won in 2015 under top weight

  • 2016

    Smart Call

    Smart Call is the filly that won 2016 beating Legal Eagle

  • 2017

    Whisky Baron

    Winner of the Sun Met Race, ridden by Greg Cheyne and trained by Brett Crawford.

  • 2018

    Oh Susanna

    Ridden by Grant van Niekerk, Oh Susanna becomes the first 3-year-old filly to win the Sun Met Race since Maid of Honour in 1888.

  • 2019

    Rainbow Bridge

    The Anton Marcus-jockeyed Rainbow Bridge was the deserving winner of the 2019 Sun Met.

158th running of the Sun Met Race coming in February 2020