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Durban July 2019 – The Betting Opens!

Big race is on 6 July

South Africa’s leading bookmakers Hollywood have set the 2019 Gr1 Vodacom Durban July betting pace and have published the opening ante-post market on the R4,25 million contest which will be run at Greyville on 6 July.

Rainbow Bridge – early favourite (Pic – Chase Liebenberg Photography)

While his future may yet well hang in the balance given the sad passing of his owner Chris Gerber, Eric Sands’ Gr1 Sun Met winner Rainbow Bridge tops the early bird boards at 9-2. The son of Ideal World was an impressive winner of the Cape flagship last month and with top jockey Anton Marcus set to stick with the ride, he will have plenty of supporters.

Joint second favourites are the unexposed De Kock import Buffalo Bill Cody and Met runner-up, Do It Again. The latter’s trainer Justin Snaith has already intimated that he may give the July a miss with the dashing Twice Over gelding – who won this race in 2018.

Hawwaam – set to set record straight in SA Classic (Pic – JC Photos)

Mutliple 3yo stakes winner Hawwaam is the only other possible contender currently in single figure odds. The son of Silvano was runner-up behind National Park in the Gr2 Gauteng Guineas last Saturday after a ride that has attracted plenty of debate in the public forums and which saw the Stipes call jockey Gavin Lerena in.

His conqueror in the Guineas, EP star Naional Park, is quoted at 20-1.

See the full betting here

Provisional snapshot – subject to change
# Description Current Prev Opening Place
2 RAINBOW BRIDGE 4.55 4 4 0.91    
1 DO IT AGAIN 6.25 6.25 1.25   
32 BUFFALO BILL CODY 6.25 6.25 1.25    
6 HAWAAM 8.33 8.33 1.666    
21 DOUBLEMINT 10 12.5 10 2    
5 SOQRAT 14.29 14.29 2.858    
18 HEAD HONCHO 16.67 16.67 3.334    
26 CASCAPEDIA 16.67 16.67 3.334    
12 CLOUDS UNFOLD 20 20 4    
24 TILBURY FORT 20 20 4    
29 NATIONAL PARK 20 20 4    
31 ONE WORLD 20 16.67 16.67 4    
4 UNDERCOVER AGENT 25 25 5    
9 OH SUSANNA 25 25 5    
11 FRONT AND CENTRE 25 33.33 33.33 5    
13 TWIST OF FATE 25 25 5    
15 ATYAAB 25 25 5    
20 MADE TO CONQUER 25 25 5    
27 NOBLE SECRET 25 33.33 33.33 5    
8 CORAL FEVER 33.33 25 25 6.666    
3 LEGAL EAGLE 40 40 8    
7 BARAHIN 40 33.33 33.33 8    
10 LADY IN BLACK 40 40 8    
17 FIORELLA 40 33.33 33.33 8    
30 HERO’S HONOUR 40 33.33 33.33 8    
16 SILVER MAPLE 50 50 10    
14 VARDY 66.67 50 50 13.334