The R5-million Sun Met, the oldest horse race in the country, takes place at Kenilworth Race Course in Cape Town on Saturday.
Legal Eagle, who has been runner up twice in the race and who has won the L’Ormarans Queen’s Plate in successive years, will once again be the favourite.
The Sun Met is also the largest outdoor social event in Cape Town that helps to rake in R68-million into the local economy.
Trainer Brett Crawford knows how to come up with a winner with his horse Whiskey Baron, scooping the prestigious race in 2017.
He says this year’s race is very open but adds that Legal Eagle will once again be the horse to beat.
“Obviously in my opinion it’s an open race. Legal Eagle is a top horse but he is unbelievable over 1 600m but when he has to go a bit further he has been a bit vulnerable. Marinesco has had good preparation leading up to this race. He is obviously going to have to go for over 2 000m. He ran a good race at the Queen’s Plate.”