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July Fever Soars

Hollywood welcome for big race visitors

Vodacom Durban July Fever gripped South Africa on Friday with visitors from all corners of South Africa and the world pouring into the East Coast holiday city of Durban.

Craig Zackey rides Gold Standard in the Vodacom Durban July

South Africa’s leading Bookmakers Hollywood hosted a visitor’s hospitality ‘meet and greet’at the King Shaka International Airport, where top racing publications Winning Form and Sporting Post were handed out free of charge.

A well-known racing personality who flew in from Gauteng for the July said Durban was coated in purple and lauded the Hollywood reception party for the generous gesture.

Past Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey

“This kind of marketing activation  can only cast the sport in a positive light. When does racing every show its face to Joe Public? Well done Hollywood and let’s face it – the Sporting Post and Winning Form are the only two publications I use. I salute you guys,”said the excited visitor to a round of applause.

Marco van Rensburg rides Secret Potion in the big race

Many racing personalities and celebrities from other sectors posed for photographs with the beautiful Hollywood Hostesses throughout the day.

All the betting information is available here

The Vodacom Durban July will be run at 16h20 at Greyville on Saturday.

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5 comments on “July Fever Soars

  1. Graham Hurlstone-Jones says:

    Hollywood here we come….Tabonline crashes again before a major SA feature day…..I could not play a bet for the race 2 hours before…..same everytime. they must have a death wish. They must know but do not mention it anywhere during proceedings. Another anticlimax caused directly by the industry itself…..and now a glitch at the start of the premier race of the season so the horses will get all worked up……..same old crap.

  2. Pops says:

    The drop in PGL turnover was possibly due to many punters not being able to take their bets on the company’s tote betting website TABonline.
    According to Phumelela’s Group Chief Information Officer Mervyn Govender: “The website was overwhelmed. There were more than 1,000 requests per second, which clogged up the system. We’d tested the system the day before(The Vodacom July) and it worked fine. We’ve never experienced anything like this before. We are planning to upgrade in order to prevent the same thing happening again.”
    To all punters who could not get their bets on during 2018 Vodacom July day,Mervyn Govender’s assurance that they are upgrading to prevent the same thing happening again has to be good news.
    But wait up.That statement made by Mervyn Govender was made after TABonline crashed and punters could not get their bets on during the race meeting of 2017.
    You have to give Mr Govender space though as he did state “-planning to upgrade”.So this can be with us again in 2019 while they still planning to upgrade

    1. Editor says:

      Mr Govender is no longer with PGL
      We spoke to Vee Moodley this week – he is quoted in our print edition.
      They have upgraded the system – he did urge punters to get their bets on timeously.
      The system can only prove itself in real peak time.

  3. Pops says:

    If Mr. moodley means bets should be taken a week before he should say as much
    The system was just not accepting your bet hours before a race.And if what happened today with an upgraded system, what guarantee are they giving that it will not crash come Gold Cup day.
    The good news for Mr. Moodley is that come next July the system would be able to handle the bets as there may be fewer bets placed.Fewer punters fewer bets.
    The likely main race quartet pool was suppose to be R 16 million.The actual pool was something like R 13 million.Three million less.

  4. Graham Hurlstone-Jones says:

    This is not the first time it has happened on the big feature days in SA……it happens almost every time….I call it out. I am telling you now it is not upgraded…..or it would work. Do we struggle with water or electricity at 6pm when the whole world gets home ? Do the other betting sites crash ?…..The answer is disingenuous and tells me if they did fix it then they did not want it to work, thats bad. I managed to get my quartets on the big race with Interbet and Hollywood….no problem 5 mins before the race ( I told everyone one to play Snaith 1,2,3 so I lost with Tabgold, that is bad business, no point in being a bookie if you cant lay a bet on the biggest race of the year )….. Another fudge answer from a failing industry…….They must have lost a huge amount of bets, I could not get on line for 2 hours before. As usual the industry blame the client by saying we should have played our bets a week before ???…..what does timeously mean in racing ?…..idiotic retort. I have taken my winnings out ( I put in Redberry lane in a 1% p6 !! ). You cannot keep giving such bad service, something has to give. The Met, the Queens Plate, last year was the Met again….the list is as long as the Jooste horses still running……Disgusting and it is only getting worse. Pops I am giving you fair warning…..it will crash, I wish I could put money on that but I think the odds will be very short. Your points are absolutely right. They want a small super unique race set up that looks after a certain client….the rest can eat cake, Someone wants something from racing and it is not to make it thrive. Why was there no public announcement ? or apology…….they dont get it, they just dont get it….The system proved it is the same….it all feels like Zuma is in power, nothing will get fixed, more will get broken, it will cost more and we pay for it. Well done to the Snaiths, flying the flag for SA quality !! All those years ago watching Millard do the quartet, I knew it was coming if African NS had run 4th…….yikes…….Pops if you want that bet on Gold Cup day please lay it tomorrow……..timeously…….Just a thought if they lost 3 million turnover because of the “upgrade ” not working ( I wonder how much was spent on the upgrade and to who ? ) Would they be able to let me fix it ? I will do it at a really good price and it is not that difficult ( there are websites all over the world who handle much more volume ) I think we are beiing lied to….

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