Saturday’s Gr2 Colorado King Stakes winner Coral Fever has shortened into 40-1 in the 2018 Vodacom Durban July ante-post betting market with Hollywood.
The Robbie Sage-trained Coral Fever was left out of last year’s Vodacom Durban July but virtually booked his place for this year’s big race with a scintillating win in last Saturday’s feature.
It was reported on www.goldcircle.co.za that last year the now five-year-old Judpot gelding Coral Fever won the traditional Highveld July pointer, the Grade 3 Jubilee Handicap over 1800m, and was consequently supplemented for the July in the same week as the final field selection.
However, he had won that race off only an 89 merit rating so was left out. Punters also ignored the merit of that win as he has continually flown under the radar this season.
There is plenty of value in the Hollywood ante-post betting.
Here is the big race timeline.
The R4,25 million Gr1 Vodacom Durban July will be run at Greyville on Saturday 7 July
First entries are due by 11h00 on Wednesday, 18 April
First Declarations close at 11h00 on Monday, 14 May
First Supplementary Entries close at 11h00 on Tuesday, 15 May
Second Declarations close at 11h00 on Monday, 4 June
Final Supplementary Entries close at 11h00 on Monday, 18 June
Weights will be published on Tues day, 19 June
Final Declarations close at 11h00 on Monday, 25 June
Final Field (20 with 2 reserves) and Draw announced on Tuesday, 26 June