Kenilworth Racing Events

The Met Horse Race at the Kenilworth Racecourse

(021) 700 1600
Kenilworth Racecourse, Rosemead Avenue, Cape Town

The Met Horse Race at the Kenilworth Racecourse

The haute couture equestrian event of the year is back with a new sponsor in 2017

Horse racing is as much a part of summer as are visits to the beach and poolside cocktails, and what better way to experience this sizzling season than at one of South Africa’s most celebrated outdoor social, fashion and sporting events of the year. That’s right, The Met (previously known as the J&B Met) will, for the 40th time, merge equestrian prowess with high fashion at the Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town on Saturday, 28 January 2017.

This year, a breath of fresh air has been added to the event with a brand new sponsor coming on board. After all, while tradition and equestrian pageantry may constitute the core of the historical horse race, The Met is just as much about fresh haute couture that challenges conventions and celebrates bold attitudes. Or, more simply, it’s about decadence, debauchery and ‘who’ you’re wearing.


EQUESTRIAN EVENT OF THE SEASON: Billed as South Africa’s most prestigious horse racing event, The Met offers equestrian enthusiasts the opportunity to see the country’s finest thoroughbreds test their mettle in 12 nail-biting races, the best of the lot competing for a stake of R2.5 million in the main event. Bid on buxom chestnuts or strapping dapple greys and schmooze with the rich and famous in the summer sun.

GLITZ, GLAMOUR AND GALLOPING: Apart from witnessing the fine specimens on the track gallop to the finishing line, regular Joes can rub shoulders with the movers and shakers of the horse racing industry at this esteemed sporting event. What’s more, this summertime favourite also sees high-profile celebrities come out of the shadows to enjoy a day of fun and fashion in the Cape Town sun; spot your favourite soap star, presenter or fashionista!

THE MOST ELEGANT COUPLE: Dress differently and take part in the annual highlight, the Most Elegant Couple competition. This much-anticipated contest is, aside from the elegant horses, the highlight of the day. Entrants with quirky, theme-related and uber glamourous outfits parade their race-day wear while the judges deliberate on which pair will be the most elegant of them all.

FOOD, DRINKS & LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: The event will set up a Public Village on the winning straight of the racecourse. This open-to-the-public arena will host food trucks, public bar facilities, ample seating and shade. What’s more, this general access zone will also have entertainment on the bill, with one of Cape Town’s biggest radio stations on site and one of South Africa’s leading bands as the main act. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates on this and other cool events.


General access tickets are available via, Computicket outlets and at the reception offices of the Kenilworth Racecourse. More ticketing information will released nearer to the time. 

Gates open at 10am.

Please note that this event is not open to persons under the age of 18. Drink responsibly! Any persons found to be unruly will be escorted off the property.


A historic patch of land in the centre of the hustle and bustle of the suburbs, the Kenilworth Racecourse is a seasonal wetland and home to the best preserved area of Cape Flats Sand Fynbos in the world. Undisturbed for more than 100 years, the 52-hectare nature reserve hosts hundreds of fauna species; at least 20 species are listed as endangered. Besides the endemic species, there are two plants listed as extinct in the wild that have been introduced to the area for conservation. What’s more, the reserve supports a small but healthy community of reptiles, birds and small mammals, including the critically endangered Micro Frog and Cape Platanna frog.

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