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Newsbreak: Vodacom Durban July – Class Of 2020

Capacity field of 18 plus 2 reserves

The final field with barrier draws  for the Gr1 Vodacom Durban July was announced at a function at Hollywoodbets Greyville today.

The 124th running of the 2200m will be contested at 15h10 on Saturday 25 July at Hollywoodbets Greyville.

Justin Snaith’s Do It Again bids for a historic third consecutive victory in the great race,  and pulled an outside gate at 18.

A reminder that the Vodacom Durban July special Winning Form racecard will be available in print from Friday 17 July.

1 1 Golden Ducat 53 115 A …………… Eric Sands
2 2 Rainbow Bridge 60 134 A W Kennedy Eric Sands
3 3 Padre Pio 53 115 A …………… Dennis Bosch
4 4 Miyabi Gold 52 115 A K de Melo Justin Snaith
5 5 Soqrat (AUS) 59 132 A C Murray Mike de Kock
6 6 Twist Of Fate 56.5 127 BA A Domeyer Adam Marcus
7 7 Shango 53 116 TBA L Hewitson Sean Tarry
8 8 Capoeira 53 115 BA T Godden Andre Nel
9 9 Vardy 60 134 A C Zackey Adam Marcus
10 10 Divine Odyssey 53 117 A S Randolph J A Janse van Vuuren
11 11 Tierra Del Fuego 55 124 A G Lerena Sean Tarry
12 12 It’s My Turn 53 118 A S Veale Dean Kannemeyer
13 13 Got The Greenlight 53 118 T A M Yeni Joe Soma
14 14 Bunker Hunt 55 124 A G van Niekerk Justin Snaith
15 15 Silvano’s Pride 52 118 A S Moodley Justin Snaith
16 16 Camphoratus 52 110 A G Wright R A Hill/S R Hill
17 17 Belgarion 53 119 A R Fourie Justin Snaith
18 18 Do It Again 59.5 133 A A Marcus Justin Snaith
19 0 Tristful 53 109 A Reserve 1 Tony Rivalland
20 0 Hero’s Honour 53 115 A Reserve 2 Gary Alexander
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(1,2) (4,14,15,17,18) (6,9) (7,11)

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60 comments on “Newsbreak: Vodacom Durban July – Class Of 2020

  1. Gavin bechan says:

    Please book Pierre strydom for golden ducat

  2. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Ouch. I am sure Mr Snaith would like to flip this race card upside down. Mr Sands and Marcus will sleep lekker tonight.
    QT 2,9/2,9/1,6,7,13,14/1,6,7,13,14,17,18
    Easy Game some days 🤓

  3. JT says:

    Camphoratus in … Eyes wide open not in ???

    1. Editor says:

      Plse add your name/ surname JT!

  4. Vincent Prince says:

    “Ain’t no stopping” Gavin Lerena on Tierra del Fuego # 1>6, 8,9,10,14,15,16=(12)

  5. Sagith says:

    Twist off faith. Race over

  6. Pierre says:

    3 in a Row for Do it Again!

  7. Harold Narainsamy says:

    Why didn’t GC just leave the format for the July field as in previous years with top weight number 1 on the card?

  8. Dasendran Sivnath says:

    Do it again gonna do it again remember last year last year hawaam was scratched Marcus would have won it’s gonna be Marcus and do it again

  9. Sagee says:

    Do it again will the first to win the july 3 consecutive times. Marcus will make history

  10. Keith sing says:

    Mr Bosch I wonder who you gonna use to ride padre pio waiting patiently I have run out of jocks will you take a chance with an appie or maybe magudhla

  11. anesh says:

    Hi I am in total agreement the top weights should be on top. Makes it easier to understand especially for the July punters.

  12. Rungasamy Naidoo says:

    Musi got the greenlight to ride his1st july winner

  13. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…
    Graeme Hawkins along with Gold Cirlce will be proud to be part of History,,very well done guy’s,,your bottom weight is No 1 on the card and one of the top weights is No 18 on the card 👏👏👏 Well Done to all concerned…

  14. Graeme Hawkins says:

    Hey JT, just to be clear, Eyes Wide Open was scratched by his trainer at the time of final declarations.

  15. Logan chetty says:

    Why didn’t they have the traditional barrier draw being randomly drawn this system of the saddle cloth numbers and the draws being the same is a big disadvantage Let the draw depend 🤔 on fate and good luck this system is unfair

  16. Calvin says:

    Rainbow bridge all tje way…dankie Mr Kennedy

  17. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Yes Frankie, this will be a Racecard to keep. I believe F1 is going the same route next year with reverse grids to spice things up a bit.

    Hope 13 is lucky for you, Joe 👍 and Muzi. My worry is this is my in-law’s tip. Her last July winner was Big Charles 😂

    On the bright side, 6 weeks ago we were wondering if The July might be cancelled for the 1st time. Still the greatest horse race in SA.

    Rian, I hope 14 isn’t too wide for your fancy.

    I know Pieta is smiling with draw 2

    Good Night

  18. Philip Moses says:

    Easy for Rainbow Bridge.

  19. Jonathan Harris says:

    I really wish that our other top jocks who are missing out on rides in the big one and other top races in KZN season do very well in their respective centres. Go boys…

  20. Vinay says:

    Number 10…watch this race…Divine Odyssey

    1. Editor says:

      Thats a longshot
      Plse add your surname Vinay

  21. hilton witz says:

    Are tellytrack showing the july gallops from 9 this morning?if so got to be the worst advertised event in history although the fact they not compulsory is in direct contradiction to the rules which are clear on the race program but maybe they just guidelines and not rules

    1. Editor says:

      Hilton, Graeme Hawkins told us yesterday that they would be recorded and packaged by Michele Wing
      No mention of live broadcast
      Probably not compulsory in view of compressed programme

  22. Raj says:

    It’s going to be the most interesting Durban July, no crowd to hinder any horses chances with the screaming during the gallop and also running of the race. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the participants the very best of luck. My choice Twist Of Fate

    1. Editor says:

      And your surname plse Raj

  23. hilton witz says:

    Oh dear does the left hand know what the right hand is doing as they very much live on 239

    1. Editor says:

      Was not communicated to media, Hilton

  24. Emildean Visagie says:

    Don’t worry about the draws .Justin Snaith you got the best jockeys for July .
    1 Belgarion
    2 Do it Again
    3 Bunker Hunt

  25. donald bradshaw says:

    No Ed , nothing is EVER communicated , the industry has no idea of customer service and public relations ?

  26. hilton witz says:

    As for the compressed program allowing horses to be excused from being at july gallops this is no excuse as i have seen in the past horses that have run on the sunday and being made to come back on the thursday to show themselves at the gallops ..Like i said rules or guidelines scenario with this lot

  27. Vincent Bell says:


    Thats my selection. With the crowds gone, I think this is going to help every runner. The cape Town runners have bad draws but have good horses. The trainer will have to now think there plan very carefully as to how they will run the horses, instructions are key and the jockeys will follow those instructions or risk being blamed for a bad run. Belgarion was the pick from Cpt bunch but the draw is my concern, will have to use a lot of energy to over come or have very good luck to get in early and good cover with the right horse to follow in the race. That being said, Rainbow Bridge the one to beat and twist of fate is a runner that runs to the line and the jockey is also top class. So what ever ur fancy, I wish you luck. Hit them hard!.


    Cecil, one of your more favourite horses in lining up in the CAMPANAJO 2200 (Grade 3) on July Day… Magnificient Seven


    Please Mr. Sands, declare Mr. Jabu Jacobs or Mr. Thabiso Gumede to ride Golden Ducat.

  30. Rungasamy Naidoo says:

    Music got the green light to ride his first july winner

  31. Frederick Low says:

    Probably Donovan Dillon will ride Golden Ducat but might not make the weight.

  32. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Hey William, you remember 👍 this horse I fancied last March, backed it early at 67/1, ran a cracker warm up for last July and then injury. We all thought retired, but hey this is (was) a good race horse …. Sure to include him in the exotics, didn’t see his come back race couple weeks ago…

  33. Des Kieswetter says:

    Are you serious, he has owners to answer to, very few apprentices will get a ride like that in a July Handicap.

  34. Dev Govender says:

    I was waiting for the draw. Reasonably confident now that Soqrat will win (to the extent that anyone can feel confident in such an open race).

    Trifecta/quartet is going to be a challenge, though. Gotthegreenlight, Rainbow Bridge, Bunker Hunt, Golden Ducat, Shango, maybe Belgarion (still not entirely convinced about the latter). And it’s not impossible for Silvano’s Pride to stay on into a minor place if she gets a soft lead.

    This racecard-draw-numbering thing is really depressing. It beggars belief that they are persevering with this system after such a clear-cut rejection from the punting public.It’s almost as if they’re deliberately trying to alienate us.


    It’s a sad state of affairs, Mr. Govender.


    Dev, I have a friend who tried taking his life when jumping off his ocean-view balcony as he was distraught about the KZN formatted race-card !

    Thank goodness he lives on the ground floor.

  37. Iceman06 says:

    I quietly fancy Soqrat. Swinger with Rainbow Bridge and Tierra Del Fuego

  38. Anand Karamchund says:

    This July, “it’s my turn”, give me one reason why he can’t win and I will give you 10 he can win,

  39. Praveen Gokul says:

    Got The Greenlight from Shango, Vardy with Padre Pio, Rainbow Bridge & Terra Del Feugo for the places. A very decent field indeed!


    So Sporting Post Bloggers, here’s the top six in the betting,for the moment …


    17 BELGARION 4/1

    9 VARDY 13/2


    18 DO IT AGAIN 8/1

    14 BUNKER HUNT 10/1

    Which one or two, do you think will bomb-out or run a stinker?

    Remember, Jacob Zuma won’t be on-course this year…to scare them.

  41. Cecil Pienaar says:

    William 9 will beat 2
    Snaith horses will run 3rd, 4th and 5th

    When ever I hear that name, I picture a horse called

    PayBackTheMoney 🤔

  42. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey..
    Cecil are you feeling okay my boetie 9 beats 2,, I’ll be very surprised,, personally i feel the stable companion Twist of Fate will run infront of Vardy…After breezing through the card now,,we’ll need to put long hours into this card…I can’t help but see big payouts coming,,the July alone you can bank on dividing the P6 pool by 6,,that’s with the more favourable horse winning…Anyway Good Luck To The Winners…

  43. gavin bechan says:

    donavan dillon plus one is his only option for golden ducat

  44. Jonathan Harris says:

    37 years ago the missus put R2.00 on Jamaican Rumba. Wants to know if its running again. Please help.

  45. Cecil Pienaar says:

    LoL, JH, good one. My in law won on Big Charles in ’81
    She reminds us every year, but no luck since. Maybe I can fwd her nr 😅

    She gets her good form from dreams. In 81 about Prince Charles. Most recent, flashing Green light … Oh my

    Have a Good week all

  46. Jonathan Harris says:

    Just maybe Ed can start a thread on crazy ways people pick their selections.

    1. Editor says:

      Good idea!

  47. Allan says:

    Mr RATTARY. Hpe yu realise your dream of a July victory. Rainbow bridge was second last year will go one better this time

  48. Jeremiah Pekumal says:

    Rainbow bridge or got the green light will win


    Mr. Rattray, please declare Mr. Jabu Jacobs or Mr. Thabiso Gumede to ride Golden Ducat.

    At the very least they will listen.

  50. Roy Maharaj says:

    How about bringing back the couplings in the exotics
    Especially for the smaller punters please

  51. Elvis Moodley says:

    Sir,I have taken many multiples into this horse thinking that a strong jockey will take the mount.As a punter its very disappointing not knowing who will ride Golen Ducat .My personal view is that they are waiting to see if any horse gets scratched so they can use that jockey failing which there are only 4 jockeys carded for the day that don’t have a ride in the july ..they are Dillon ( he won’t make the weight) and then there is Jacobson,Jacob’s and Gumede …so if there is no scratching before Saturday those would be the jockeys available as in terms of current regulations i believe no jockey from other provinces can travel to KZN now unless the NHRA does something?

  52. Gilz says:

    No mention of Miyabi Gold on here?? Gun draw, same weight as last year, has come on since then.. Loves Greyville.. 33/1.. have some eachways


    Gilz Anderson, it’s early days yet.

    Miyabi Gold is my choice for 2nd !

  54. Gilz says:

    Snaith got the best race to open her pipes, won it easy. Up ten points from last year but retains 52kgs, is 1.5kg under sufferance but that was 2kg last year. All the other ones infront of her on that day now has worse draws for a 2l beating. It makes good logic but that’s all on paper and theory lol..

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