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Vodacom Durban July – Can Kommet Do It From 18?

Where did your fancy draw?

The barrier draws for the 2021 Gr1 Vodacom Durban July were allotted by random ballot at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Tuesday afternoon.

Vodacom’s Chris Lazarus did the honours, closely observed by Gold Circle Racing Executive Raf Sheik and Chief Stipe, Deanthan Moodley.

Graeme Hawkins was the MC.

The top notch 6yo Rainbow Bridge is enjoying the season of his life and will jump from the pole position gate.

Cape hope and ‘people’s horse’ Kommetdieding ended up with an 18 gate.

The brilliant son of Elusive Fort has been in the news, with ace Gauteng rider Gavin Lerena taking over from regular jockey, Sihle Cele. The latter told the Sporting Post on Monday that he felt that Kommetdieding would be a big runner, but that the top older horses were always ‘tough to get past’. He chose not to comment on any other aspect.

Justin Snaith, who goes for his fourth consecutive July win and his fifth overall, enjoyed mixed fortunes with defending champion Belgarion allotted the 11 gate after winning from a 17 slot last year.

Multiple winner Do It Again was less fortunate though and he will jump from the 16 gate.

R2 000 000 2200m 15:00
1st R1250000, 2nd R400000, 3rd R200000, 4th R100000, 5th R50000
Open to all Horses
WFA: 3yrs-2kgs
No Apprentice Allowance
1 1 Rainbow Bridge 60 134 A Luke Ferraris Eric Sands
2 2 Johnny Hero 53 106 BA Kabelo Matsunyane Tyrone Zackey
3 3 Shah Akbar 53 119 T A Calvin Habib Sean Tarry
4 4 ExpressFromTheUS 54 122 A Marco V’Rensburg Stuart Pettigrew
5 5 Crown Towers (AUS) 53 117 AM Luyolo Mxothwa Justin Snaith
6 6 Rascallion 53 123 A Sean Veale Vaughan Marshall
7 7 Linebacker 53 124 A Grant van Niekerk Vaughan Marshall
8 8 Sovereign Spirit 54 122 BA Keagan de Melo Candice Bass-Robinson
9 9 Cirillo 53 120 A Lyle Hewitson Sean Tarry
10 10 She’s A Keeper 52 96 A Warren Kennedy Gareth van Zyl
11 11 Belgarion 58 130 A S’manga Khumalo Justin Snaith
12 12 Nexus 53 117 A Craig Zackey Justin Snaith
13 13 Running Brave 52.5 119 A …………… Fanie Bronkhorst
14 14 Got The Greenlight 55 124 T A Muzi Yeni Joe Soma
15 15 Matterhorn 53 101 BA Serino Moodley Alyson Wright
16 16 Do It Again 57.5 129 A Richard Fourie Justin Snaith
17 17 Tristful 53 113 A Callan Murray Tony Rivalland
18 18 Kommetdieding 53 122 A Gavin Lerena HWJ Crawford/M Rix
19 0 Silver Host 53 110 A Reserve 1 Justin Snaith
20 0 Shango 53 111 TBA Reserve 2 Sean Tarry
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(3,9,20) (5,11,12,16,19) (6,7)


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9 comments on “Vodacom Durban July – Can Kommet Do It From 18?

  1. Dan Maniram says:

    While barrier positions are important more especially at Greyville, but for the July it’s not the end of the world. Many horses that are listed on the July roll of honor, have overcome deep draws. So fans of GTGL and Belgarion should not despair as there’s plenty opportunity to jockey for position. There’s app. 700m from the start to the Drill Hall bend, so there should no excuses. In fact draws from the middle to outside are generally preferred in the July.

  2. ernest says:

    Gavin Lerena. Anthony Delpech won on Classic Flag from draw 18 and was three wide around the turn. Watch the ride on You Tube ” Classic Flag wins 1998 July”. Beats London News and others.

    You have a good horse, so might want to check out this race to set your mind at rest

  3. Michael Jacobs says:

    Dus ‘n Cape Flats ding
    ‘n lekker, lekker Cape Flats ding
    Ons kannie warrie nie
    Ons gaan wen!

  4. Lawrence Schaefer says:

    The VDJ is a stallion-making race but the last 6 Julys have been won by Geldings.
    The last fertile,July-winning stallion at stud now is Pomodoro who is average. Dynasty has passed on now. Legislate is still around but has fertility issues and is not very productive at stud.
    So it’s time another colt/horse or even a filly/mare wins the VDJ for the sake of the SA Breeding Industry.There are two colts who could win the VDJ next Saturday viz.
    Got the Greenlight and Kommetdieding.
    Lawrence Schaefer.


    SP Bloggers…


    = R 43 904 for 10%

    Anybody interested… Peter ?

    1. Editor says:

      Sounds good

  6. PL.NEL says:

    This imposing son of Elusive Fort has met stronger company in Natal. He has not been focused in these races,,, and a stronger jockey and determined ride might have this horse focused in the July, a jock to grab him by the scruff and show him the way,,, . I don’t quite know if Lerena is the right choice.

  7. Dev Govender says:

    The draw debate is an interesting one. I grew up fixating on the idea that a wide draw was the kiss of death in the July and would often write off a horse’s chances based on that. But as each decade has passed, it’s become evident that the draw can, and often is, successfully overcome. These days, I’m a lot more willing to put my money down on a widely-drawn horse if I think he is good enough, while accepting that he will need a bit of luck in running.

  8. Victor Charles Downing says:

    Anyone else thinking the weight advantage will help the not so good draw. Most of the July races I have noticed the horses finish in the middle to the stand side anyway.

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