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Swings ‘n Roundabouts

Ante-post is either your game - or it's not

Betting into an ante-post market is a guessing game on any average day. There are so many twists and turns in the road to the big race. But it also holds potentially serious possibilities for the opportunist.

South Africa’s leading bookmakers Hollywood raised eyebrows in certain quarters when setting the pace and opening the 2019 Vodacom Durban July betting earlier this week.

July 2018 thrills

Africa’s greatest horseracing event will be run in 149 days time at Greyville for a stake of R4,25 million. Traditionally, the ante-post market would have opened at entry stage in April.

“We did the same in 2018 after all the speculation following the Sun Met. We are catering to the market and, if nothing else, it creates interest and the bonus of advance hype for the big race. Nobody is forced to take an early bet. But there are some who may believe we have erred and want to take advantage of the perceived value,” said Hollywood’s Head Of Horseracing Betting, Patrick Bradley.

He pointed out that many people don’t like tying cash up for extended periods anyway.

“But maybe it is worthwhile recalling that Do It Again – who won the July last year – had only run second in the Cape Derby when he was originally priced up at double digit odds for the July at this time last year.”

Bradley said that the current list of around 50 possible participants would be trimmed as and when information came to hand that indicated a horse was definitely a non-runner. There could also be horses not on the boards that could play themselves into contention and be added in.

The 2019 Vodacom Durban July betting is here

He said that in the case of 2018 July winner and Sun Met runner-up Do It Again, the stable has already indicated he may not run.

“It’s in the balance. They may run – they may not. But remember that  those that genuinely believe he won’t run may find good value elsewhere. So it’s swings and roundabouts,”he added.

Buffalo Bill Cody – some lost – some won!

Bradley used the recent Sun Met withdrawal of Buffalo Bill Cody as a case where one’s man meat was another man’s poison.

“Buffalo Bill Cody was scratched a few days before the Queen’s Plate. Those who backed him in the Met ante-post lost out, but conversely, the backers of Rainbow Bridge enjoyed a ‘bonus’ as it were on their odds if they backed their choice while the De Kock runner was still in.”


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4 comments on “Swings ‘n Roundabouts


    I’ve bet a massive R90 with Hollywoodbets on Vardy… so far.

    Right now I’m extremely nervous.

  2. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Hey William, you should be a bit nervy, I bettered you by 10 on Zillzaal at 100-1 today, ran 4th against National Park.


    Bravo Cecil ..we have to start somewhere !

    It’s dead here in CT for another 10 months… so roll on Durban.

    Zillzaal will surely be campaigned in Durban so that’s something to build on.

  4. Daniel Peter says:

    I would like to see a 10-place betting option available at Hollywood betting. I know that option is available before the race.

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