Follow The July Favourite! Yeah, right…

July-day is always different from any other raceday
Calm before the 2003 storm - Dynasty canters down

Massive betting pools are predicted for Vodacom July day – quartets, jackpot, pick six, PA, and of course the on-the-nose wins. Conventional wisdom has it that favourites win one in every three races, more than any other horse in the betting read more

Muwaary The Danger

Clash with Gold Medallion winner Seventh Plain could be a thriller
Muwaary - won by a mile on debut and is highly rated

An Australian-bred colt described as ‘something special’ by his trainer Mike De Kock faces a few serious local challengers in the R600 000 Gr1 Golden Horseshoe read more

Racing Royalty

Princess Royal could put her foot in it....
Flying Ice wins Devon Air Sakes

Cape trainer Glen Kotzen has returned to the well with a Gr1 winning family and looks to repeat his 2011 success in Saturday’s R600 000 Gr1 Golden Slipper read more

Carry On Regardless

Final leg of the Pick 6 - do we go narrow?
Carry On Alice wins the Gr1 SA Nursery at Turffontein on 2014-04-26

The R750 000 Gr1 Garden Province Stakes represents something of a national fillies and mares mile championship and the 2015 renewal is one of the best we’ve seen in years read more

Pleasure – Or The Pain?

The lucky last - or the get-out stakes - it's wide open !
Vars Dream wins Sville debut

The KZN Yearling Sale Million run over 1300m on the turf will bring the curtain down on a dozen glorious races at Greyville on Saturday. With an outsider colt and a fancied filly having won the first two years, there isn’t much in the way of historical statistical pointers read more

Some Consolation!

First leg of the July Day Place Accumulator - maybe In Writing and Dynamic?
Dynamic wins Premier Trophy_compressed

If the July is the race that everybody wants to win, where does the so-called ‘Consolation July’, the R500 000 Gr3 tabGold 2200, fit in? read more

Trainers On The July

What the experts say
Slow pace in the Queen's Plate

“In my opinion Futura will take a power of beating. He has done everything asked of him and is a magnificent looking specimen. His last run is best ignored despite him only finishing just over one length behind Legislate, as it was clearly just a prep run.” read more

July Should Be A Great Race

I will miss the Vodacom Durban July this Saturday for the first time in fifteen years
Gareth Pepper

I get the feeling that the best horse may not win on the day, but the luckiest, and there are so many other people, horses and connections I could mention, but I wish you all well in the July and for the day itself read more

July: The Hunger Games

A steady stream of 390 waiters and barmen serve up 17 000 bottles of beer
1994 Gr1 Rothmans July - SPACE WALK - finish

A definite culinary highlight for many, 8 000 delicious portions of curry and rice are lovingly cooked for the hungry guests and are made up of 2 200kg of meat, 750kg of chicken, 280kg of prawns and 300kg of crayfish read more

You Can Bet On The July!

Vodacom Durban July betting overview by The Satchel Man - and why no one has ever bet enough on a winning horse

In stark contrast to the joy of the Legal Eagle punters are the hard luck stories that befell the backers of Ertijaal, Louis The King, Legislate, Siren’s Call, Inara and others read more

July Jockeys Views

Johnny Geroudis - 'this is the place to be!'
Jockey Group Shot

Despite all the predictions and what the owners and trainers have to say the fact of the matter is that once the gates crash open for the start of the R3,5 million Grade 1 Vodacom July Handicap the fate of the horses lies mainly in the hands of the jockeys read more

Local Economy A July Winner

R100 million betting splurge
Heavy Metal

The survey put an estimation of the spend by out-of-province visitors attending the Vodacom Durban July at as much as R 156 million, with KwaZulu-Natal fans spending up to R70,6 million on the Vodacom Durban July read more

Suncoast Casino KZN Yearling Sale

Day 1 Results
2015 KZN Yearling Sale Lot 72

Day 1 of the 2015 Suncoast Casino KZN Yearling Sale saw 150 horses led through the ring. The sales topper of the first session was Lot 72 Announcing Rain (Trippi – Far Off Thunder), consigned by Highlands Farm Stud read more

Your July Number’s Up

Piere Strydom won his first July 19 years ago

The horse wearing saddle cloth 6 has won this race 6 times. Gold Onyx represents this number and he is the rank outsider in the field at 100/1 read more

Vaal: Now It’s Maintenance

Racing goes on - but sad tale of the Vaal continues
Vaal tracks

The Vaal racing was delayed after the second race today following serious safety concerns raised by the jockeys with regard to the rail structures read more

July Day Racecards – Get Yours Now!

Our detailed racecards with ratings and selections are now available online
2014 Vodacom Durban July jockeys

With a host of exciting betting options, Vodacom Durban July day at Greyville on Saturday 4 July promises a betting and entertainment extravaganza of note for seasoned and casual punters and racing enthusiasts read more

Schofield’s Glory Bid

He can't wait to ride in the country he grew up in
Chad Schofield

“Chad comes highly recommended. They were impressed with him in the UK and he’s got a contract to ride in Hong Kong so he’s obviously got something. He seems to be a bit of a maverick and I like that in a jockey.” – Joey Ramsden read more


Treasure Hunting

The 2015 Vodacom Durban July

It’s that time of the year again! This weekend sees the running of the 2015 Vodacom Durban July. if it’s a quiet life and a dead cert you’re after, I suggest you give Greyville a wide berth this Saturday. read more


Young Schofield’s July Ride

Anton Marcus moves on to a more Federer stage of his life

We have secured a really interesting jockey booking. It will be fantastic to see one of the world’s up and coming riders, Chad Schofield, ply their trade at Greyville and on our shores. His father was hugely successful in this country read more


Track Talk with The Goose

Straight talk from Louis Goosen about his runners and the Vaal sand

My suggestion would be to cut the shorter straight and narrow the sand course, then widen the turf and we will have better racing and less pressure on track staff because there will be a lot less maintenance read more


Dad’s Working Up A Sweat!

War Affair is back this coming weekend

Fastnet Dragon was looking to make it 4 wins on the trot and he duly saluted with another exceptional performance. He won with ease and I get the impression he is not fully furnished. He is the real deal and is headed straight to the top and has his eyes set on the Derby read more


Sean Tarry

Eye On The Prize
Sean Tarry (credit: hamishNIVENPhotography)

Not only does Sean Tarry have 5 runners in the 2015 Vodacom Durban July, he has broken the national earnings record and is closing in on the Championship title. We find out what makes him tick read more


Mike de Kock

An unexpectedly gentle man
Mike de Kock (credit: hamishNIVENPhotography)

Mike de Kock – SA Champion trainer 8 times over, globe-trotter, and 100 grade one trophy holder will bid for a fifth July victory with Majmu and Pine Princess on 4 July 2015 read more