Glitz, glamour and bubbles were the order of the day at the second Sun Met celebrated with G.H.Mumm on Saturday, as racing enthusiasts and fashionistas came together to celebrate and witness the thrill of Africa’s Richest Race Day at Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town.

Thousands of punters descended on the Kenilworth Racecourse for the 134th edition of the Sun Met for one of the most prestigious events on the local calendar, as they witnessed Oh Susanna (Aus) cause an upset and walk away with a superb win in the R5 million Grade 1 Sun Met.

Grant van Niekerk ensured that Oh Susanna came from behind to walk away as this year’s Sun Met Champion – much to the delight of the crowds.

best dressed winner

This year’s theme, “Style Ahead of the field” ensured that all racegoers celebrated Afro-Chic fashion, style, and elegance on race day.

Various local fashion designers showcased show stopper pieces and their best designs and creations in-between the races at the Entertainment Marquee leading up to the Best Dressed Competition. The Sun Met 2018 Fashion Show included designs from some of SA’s top and current fashion designers, including Khosi Nkosi, Imprint ZA, Ri.Ch Factory and House of Ole.

This year’s Best Dressed Woman honour was awarded to the sexy, Mala Bryan, who rocked a colourful Afro Chic creation. Suavely dressed Charles Samuels, who donned a blue suit with Afro Chic detail, walked off with the Best Dressed Male Award. Both walked away with prizes to the value of R25 000 each. Judges for the Best Dressed Competition included fashionista Melody Molale and pioneering designer, Mzukisi Mbane.

Rob Collins, Chief Operating Officer at Sun International, said: “It’s our second year of taking the reigns of this prestigious racing event and we are so thrilled to bring Africa together through racing, glamour, fashion and excitement at Kenilworth Racecourse”.

 

INTERNATIONAL FLAVOUR

Legendary global television star, stage performer, and award‐winning magician, Dynamo, was one of the international celebrities who added some magic to this prestigious and premier horse racing event.

 

Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt, who arrived via helicopter on the racecourse in true VIP style, moments before the main race took place, attended as the Chief Entertainment Officer, much to the delight of the crowd of invited guests and racing supporters. Other local and international A-Listers attending this year’s race day included Miss Universe 2017, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters who is home in South Africa for the very first time since her crowning in New York, actor and TV presenter Siv Ngesi, rapper K.O, TV presenter Ayanda Thabethe, as well as former Miss World, Rolene Strauss.

Actor Zweli Dube and the current Miss South Africa, Ade van Heerden, hosted the live red-carpet ceremony, which also saw a bevvy for former Miss South Africa winners in attendance, including: Joan Madibeng, Melinda Bam and Cindy Nell.

Other local athletes in attendance at this year’s Sun Met included Bafana Bafana AFCON 1996 winners, Neil Tovey and Mark Williams.


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