Do It Again Back As Hollywoodbets Durban July Entries Announced

Save the date - Saturday 1 July 2023

A first entry of 60 of the cream of South Africa’s thoroughbred crop, including 17 individual Gr1 winners, has been received for the 127th renewal of the R5 million Hollywoodbets Durban July, which will be run at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday 1 July 2023.

A final field of 20, including two reserve runners, will be announced on Tuesday 20 June, and despite the local horse population under pressure, the 2023 entry of 60 is in line with the past five years which saw 69 entries in 2018, 49 in 2019, 52 in 2020, 53 in 2021 and 58 last year.

South Africa’s leading betting operator Hollywoodbets will sponsor the historic race for the second successive year, and after a dazzling show in 2022, an iconic renewal is on the cards.

Tickets are currently on sale.

Launched as a poem each year, the ‘Out Of This World’ fashion theme for the 2023 event hints at the stargates which transports one into a mysterious world far beyond our imagination.

Africa’s Greatest Horseracing Event will feature a stellar line up of top equines, a star-studded cast of punters, celebrities and designers at play, coupled with entertainment and hospitality on a cosmic scale.

Dual winner Do It Again is set to make history if he wins it again at his sixth appearance (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

With the past two year’s winners in Sparkling Water (2022) and Kommetdieding (2021) having retired, Justin Snaith’s dual July winning hero Do It Again is the history seeking ‘senior’ of the class of 2023 at the age of 8. The son of Twice Over is one of nine entries from the powerful Justin Snaith yard, who, along with Mike de Kock, are bidding for a sixth success in the great race.

Lady trainers have a good record in recent times with Michelle Rix (2021) and Candice Bass-Robinson (2017) having played gamechangers in what has traditionally been a male dominated podium.

Three ladies have their first entrants this year with Summerveld conditioner Wendy Whitehead (Boundless Bash), Turffontein trainer Robyn Klaasen (Second Base) and Candice Dawson (Raiseahallelujah) hoping to maintain the trend.

Current favourite is Cousin Casey (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

In the Hollywoodbets ante-post betting market, the top class 3yo Cousin Casey tops the betting boards at 5/1, and two-time winner Do It Again available at 40/1. Early money suggests that Rascallion (8/1) and recent SA Classic winner Anfield’s Rocket (14/1) will be popular choices.

The competition for places will be tight and the winners of the undermentioned Grade 1 races in the current season will qualify automatically,  save that, where appropriate, Gold Circle reserves the right to request a public gallop to determine the well-being / fitness in the event that any of these winners have not raced within three months of the date of final declaration.

Given the timing of these races, this would practically speaking only apply to winners of events 1, 2 & 3:

  • The L’Ormarins King’s Plate – won by Al Muthana
  • World Sports Betting Cape Town Met – won by Jet Dark
  • SplashOut Cape Derby – won by See It Again
  • World Sports Betting SA Classic – won by Anfields Rocket
  • Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic – won by Bless My Stars
  • World Sports Betting SA Derby – won by Son Of Raj
  • Premier’s Champions Challenge
  • Daily News 2000
  • Woolavington 2000
  • Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge

Winners of the following races in the current season will enjoy preferential consideration for inclusion in the final Hollywoodbets Durban July field:

  • Betway Gr1 Summer Cup -won by Puerto Manzano
  • World Sports Betting Gr2 1900
  • Gr3 Cup Trial

The Hollywoodbets Durban July timeline:

  • First declarations close at 11h00 on Monday, 8 May
  • First supplementary entries close at 11h00 on Tuesday, 9 May
  • Second declarations close at 11h00 on Monday, 29 May
  • Final supplementary entries close at 11h00 on Tuesday, 13 June
  • Weights will be published on Tuesday, 13 June
  • Final Declaration close at 11h00 on Monday 19 June
  • Final Field and Draw announcement will take place on Tuesday, 20 June
  • Public gallops (compulsory) will be held on Thursday, 22 June
R 5,000,000  2200m
Hollywoodbets DURBAN JULY (Grade 1)
Open to all Horses
WFA: 3yrs-2.0kgs
BILLY BOWLEGS (3C) 114 Alec Laird
AIRWAYS LAW (5G) 110 Andre Nel
SAARTJIE (3F) 105 B Andre Nel
CAPE EAGLE (5G) 99 Andre Nel
ZAPATILLAS (4C) 122 Brett Crawford
SURJAY (4G) 117 Brett Crawford
AT MY COMMAND (3C) 114 Brett Crawford
RENY (3F) 106 Brett Crawford
WINCHESTER MANSION (4C) 99 C Brett Crawford
FUTURE PRINCE (4G) 96 Brett Crawford
TIME FLIES (4F) 94 C Brett Crawford
RAISEAHALLELUJAH (5G) 100 Candice Dawson
CANADIAN SUMMER (3F) 108 Darryl Moore
JIMMY DON (3C) 116 Erico Verdonese
ZEUS (4G) 104 Fabian Habib
WICCAN WARRIOR (3C) 98 Gareth van Zyl
COUSIN CASEY (3C) 122 Glen Kotzen
KING REGENT (3G) 105 Glen Kotzen
FLYING BULL (5G) 103 Glen Kotzen
ANFIELDS ROCKET (3G) 120 Grant Maroun
PUERTO MANZANO (ARG) (5G) 123 B J A Janse van Vuuren
ASTRIX (6G) 122 B J A Janse van Vuuren
DIVINE ODYSSEY (8G) 109 B J A Janse van Vuuren
RULE BY FORCE (3C) 108 Joe Soma
RED SAXON (4G) 116 B Joe Soma
DO IT AGAIN (8G) 124 B Justin Snaith
POMP AND POWER (4G) 124 Justin Snaith
SILVER DARLING (4F) 120 B Justin Snaith
WITHOUT QUESTION (3G) 119 Justin Snaith
SILVER HOST (6G) 113 Justin Snaith
HOEDSPRUIT (5G) 112 Justin Snaith
ONE WAY TRAFFIC (5G) 110 Justin Snaith
ROCKPOOL (3G) 109 Justin Snaith
PACAYA (4G) 104 Justin Snaith
NONE OTHER (3F) 110 Lucky Houdalakis
SEE IT AGAIN (3C) 124 B Michael Roberts
SAFE PASSAGE (4G) 124 Mike de Kock
GOLDEN DUCAT (6G) 120 B Mike de Kock
ARAGOSTA (4G) 116 Mike de Kock
UNION SQUARE (3C) 116 B Mike de Kock
SHOEMAKER (3G) 114 Mike de Kock
EAST COAST (3C) 112 Mike de Kock
DAVE THE KING (3C) 111 Mike de Kock
ROYAL VICTORY (3G) 112 B Nathan Kotzen
QUASIFORSURE (4G) 104 Peter Muscutt
NOBLE CITY (3G) 95 Peter Muscutt
SECOND BASE (5G) 104 B Robyn Klaasen
RAIN IN HOLLAND (4F) 120 B Sean Tarry
NEBRAAS (6G) 117 B Sean Tarry
LITIGATION (4C) 113 Sean Tarry
BLESS MY STARS (3F) 109 Sean Tarry
PYROMANIAC (4G) 106 Sean Tarry
FUTURE PEARL (3G) 100 B Sean Tarry
WINTER GREETING (3F) 99 Sean Tarry
ELECTRIC GOLD (3C) 104 Tony Peter
JOHNNY HERO (6G) 111 B Tyrone Zackey
RASCALLION (5G) 122 Vaughan Marshall
LINEBACKER (5G) 120 B Vaughan Marshall
SON OF RAJ (3G) 115 B Weiho Marwing
BOUNDLESS BASH (3G) 96 C Wendy Whitehead

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