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July – The Stars Unveiled

Africa's greatest horseracing event has the tongues wagging

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The final field for the R4,25 million Vodacom Durban July was unveiled at Greyville on Tuesday with Justin Snaith enjoying mixed fortunes – his four runners pulling draws across the spectrum.

A maximum field of eighteen was announced with two reserve runners on stand-by until 08h30 on Friday 1 July.
Bela-Bela wins Woolavington

Joint favourite Bela-Bela drew well at 3

Jockey Anthony Delpech will be thrilled that he made the call to switch ‘in-house’ to the 3yo grey bomber Bela-Bela, who drew a beautiful 3 gate, after KRA Guineas winning stablemate and joint favourite Black Arthur hands Hong Kong-based Dougie Whyte a less than friendly welcome home present of a 17 draw.
Apprentice Lyle Hewitson enjoys an historic first July ride just months after commencing his professional career and the 18 year old, who has ridden over 50 winners already, has been blessed with a pole position draw for his mount, Dynamic.
 Former Snaith jockey Richard Fourie, who was aboard Legislate in a dramatic 2014 July success, rides Cape Derby winner It’s My Turn from a 14 draw, to round off the Snaith quartet.
Solid Speed Betting World 1900

Solid Speed – Kannemeyer and Khaya Stables look for a double

The current champion Dean Kannemeyer, who saddled Power King to win last year, was thrilled with his draws for Solid Speed (5) and Mambo Mime (13).
These draws can change with the reserve runners allocated barrier gates.
There will be the inevitable hard-luck stories and Gauteng trainers Sean Tarry (Trophy Wife – a first reserve) and Geoff Woodruff (Deo Juvente – no run) may have reason to feel slightly hard done by. Tarry has three runners, while Woodruff saddles Summer Cup star Master Sabina, who will be partnered by Gavin Lerena who jets in from Hong Kong.

R4 250 000 VODACOM DURBAN JULY (Grade 1) – Final Field

1 4 French Navy 60 115 A W Marwing Sean Tarry
2 16 Mac De Lago (AUS) 59.5 114 T A B Fayd’Herbe Weiho Marwing
3 2 Abashiri 59 117 A K Zechner Mike Azzie
4 8 Master Sabina 56.5 108 T A G Lerena Geoff Woodruff
5 17 Black Arthur 55.5 106 A D Whyte Justin Snaith
6 12 Rabada 55.5 106 A …………… Mike Azzie
7 6 Samurai Blade (AUS) 55.5 106 T A …………… Sean Tarry
8 5 Solid Speed 55.5 106 BA S Randolph Dean Kannemeyer
9 14 It’s My Turn 55.5 105 A R Fourie Justin Snaith
10 7 Rocketball 55.5 105 T A W Kennedy Gavin van Zyl
11 13 Mambo Mime 55.5 103 A K de Melo Dean Kannemeyer
12 10 Ten Gun Salute (AUS) 55.5 102 T A M Yeni Duncan Howells
13 19 Marinaresco 55.5 101 BA G van Niekerk Mike Bass
14 20 The Conglomerate (AUS) 55.5 101 A …………… Joey Ramsden
15 1 Dynamic 55.5 100 A *L Hewitson Justin Snaith
16 11 St Tropez 55.5 99 A …………… Joey Ramsden
17 18 Saratoga Dancer 55.5 95 A …………… Duncan Howells
18 3 Bela-Bela 54.5 107 A A Delpech Justin Snaith
19 15 Trophy Wife 54.5 101 A Reserve 1 Sean Tarry
20 9 Deputy Jud 55.5 97 A Reserve 2 Mike Azzie
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(1,7,19) (3,6,20) (5,9,15,18) (8,11) (12,17) (14,16)

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12 comments on “July – The Stars Unveiled

  1. tyrone says:

    Don’t understand how Deo Juvente, a grade 2 winner and a short head 2nd place in a grade 1 gets discarded because of one poor run. Let’s not forget he is an improving horse who beat French Navy, St Tropez Mac de lago in last year’s Summer Cup.

    Surely Deo Juvente is better than Saratoga Dancer, Samarui Blade and Ten Gun Salute who all have gotten the nod ahead of him.


    1. shivi maharajh says:

      Question is if deo juvente did not have a run it would have a gauranteed spot in the field..master sabina did nothing less and made the field easily.woodruff should improve his relationship with mr hawkins perhaps.this is were the problem comes in were subjective decisions are made.deo juvente certainly leaves a void of class in this years july.

  2. Sammy says:

    Was Negroamaro scratched? Surely she should have been included in the field.

  3. bi says:

    Trophy wife stands a better chance of winning the july than most in this field, I guess this field is declared by very old people a cheaty bookmakers. I feel sorry for the owners of Abashir as he was over rated for winning the triple crown for beating samurai blade on all his runs, and samurai blade is no where near the likes of black arthurs and the bela belas. Punter if trophy wife dont make the cut, put ur money on rocketball,he is the only horse with lots of improvement on the race. He is going to win,bela bela will follow him. Scrach abashir 59 is too much for him to carry considering he only beat rocketball by shorthead on his beloved turffontein track, french navy will come late for place as usual.

    1. jeandre says:

      I do agree Rocketball is the Horse to beat by a long shot

  4. bi says:

    Watch the daily news and see how rocketball was flying in the finish,on slow run race.

  5. ashwin ramkelawan says:

    Yes..Rocketball was flying but so was Nambo Mime.

    1. RAFFIEK HABIB says:

      Rightly weighed in horses are -french navy, abishiri, cape speed, mac de lago, & dynamic.

      But I think mambo mimes is the greyville specialist half lenght behind rabada & its my turn.

      So what do we have.

      A mix with howells & yeni.

      Ten gun salute

  6. devilmycare says:

    Former and current Champion in waiting has no mount. Sorry Smanga. Maybe your boss is hoping for a scratching. Gobsmacked

  7. Colin George says:

    I think the 2016 vodacom July has a nice open look about it which is what makes it exciting & challenging.The field might not be the best to some especially None of the first three jubilee runners entered which is sad but it would be wise if next year two judges from each province be chosen to finalize the field rather than KZN only.It must also be stated that horses who don’t perform with no excuses would not qualify irrespective.This year having Durban trainer with two horses qualified is a total surprise & history in the making yet these so called horses have won nothing & more surprising world reknown trainer ,Mike De KOCK has no horses qualify which is sad,hence the race this year having a complete open look & surprise result is expected.Well Mr Adams I think this is your time to strike it lucky having two runners.

  8. jeandre says:

    Rocketball is gonna like that long straight he has a good turn of foot and van zyl has got a very goid chance this year to win it in style

  9. kingfahiem says:


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