Vodacom Durban July 2021 – Final Field Unveiled

Can Justin Snaith make it four in a row?

A typically high quality field of 18 was declared on Tuesday for the vintage 125th renewal of the R2 million Gr1 Vodacom Durban July, to be run behind closed doors at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday, 3 July.

With no surprises in the final field of 18 plus 2 reserve runners, the tension will now build into the big race in ten day’s time, with the official public gallops scheduled for 07h00 at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Thursday.

Snaith 6yo Do It Again – bidding for his third July victory (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

Justin Snaith goes for his fourth consecutive Vodacom Durban July success armed with a four horse attack, with solid back-up from first reserve runner Silver Host, a good winner of Saturday’s Gr3 Track & Ball Derby.

And the debate over what would be Richard Fourie’s choice in the Snaith arsenal has been answered, with the West Coaster, going for a personal July hat-trick, engaged on dual winner Do It Again, who ran third behind Belgarion in this race last year.

The son of Twice Over has been sparingly campaigned this term, but broke a class record at the course in May, and comes in as one of two 6yo’s with the red-hot Rainbow Bridge.

S’manga Khumalo won the July in 2013 on Heavy Metal for Sean Tarry, and partners defending champion Belgarion.

Only Justin Snaith, Sean Tarry and Candice Bass-Robinson have tasted past success, with the balance of ten trainers looking for their first July trophy.

One man who will be keen to bury a memory is Tyrone Zackey, who will hope that Johnny hero can atone for Smanjemanje’s whisker defeat in 2012.

The provincial representation is highlighted  by a trio from the home province, where Tony Rivalland, Alyson Wright and Gareth van Zyl will bid to hold off nine Cape flagbearers, and a sextet from Gauteng, headed by Joey Soma’s bomb, Got The Greenlight.

Vaughan Marshall has a double handed 3yo attack and the veteran must fancy his chances of winning his first July with top-class Linebacker and the dark horse, Rascallion.

She’s A Keeper – done nothing wrong! (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

There are only two fairer sex gallopers in the field, with rising star Gareth van Zyl and veteran Rob Knuppe looking to realise a lifetime dream with the lightly tried 4yo, She’s A Keeper.

Fanie Bronkhorst has his first July runner with the course specialist Brave Tin Soldier mare Running Brave who will be looking to put in another big-hearted performance.

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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59 comments on “Vodacom Durban July 2021 – Final Field Unveiled

  1. lucky says:


    1. Editor says:

      Plse include your surname, Lucky

  2. dylan barnard says:

    I feel for Zietsman


    Why don’t they try Cirillo over 3000m, his crying out for it ?

    2200m is the very least he wants

  4. Luigi Morelli says:

    Absolute disgrace re Atyaab. The Gold Circle boys dropped the [email protected]

  5. Ashvr P says:

    Nexus followed by linebacker 3rd she’s a keeper

  6. Anton Marx says:

    Worst July field in a long time, less is sometimes better. I cannot see how a 96 MR can run in the July in the old days it would have been a 80 MR after all the adjustments. If the Handicappers got it wrong then they need to fix it, I am a small owner and our 2 time winner Bold Fortune is also a 96 something seriously wrong. How can ExpressfromtheUS be a 122 and She is a Keeper a 96 one has win 6 races and the other 5 races and Got the Greenlight 5 G1 wins a 124. Our handicapping system is a joke and it make handicap races a joke

  7. Ashen Ramkissoon says:

    She’s a Keeper x Linebacker x Got The Greenlight x Sovereign Spirit = PAY PAY PAY PAY

  8. Darian Koormannah says:

    guys linebacker all the way thats the one to be with

  9. Elmore Van rensburg says:


  10. Mike Naidoo says:

    Nothing to beat Rainbow Bridge followed by She’s a Keeper, Got the Greenlight and linebacker

  11. Gavin bechan says:

    Well done to Mr zackey for keeping kabelo on Johnny hero… Loyalty goes a long way.. Michelle rix should learn from Mr zackey

  12. Jason Dedekind says:

    Some good horses….

    The VDJ will always be contentious, but this is what we have for 2021. Some will banker, and many will definitely go light in the Pick 6.

    Respect for:
    Rainbow Bridge …top class sort
    Linebacker and Rascallion … go close
    Belgarion… getting there
    Gotthegreenlight… worthy favourite
    But for me on what I’ve briefly seen in Champions Season is that, at the weights and on his time last start, DO IT AGAIN is the real value in the race.
    Stable jock rides…. draw not really a worry as he will be running at them with Crown Towers making a good pace.

    He will have my money on come race time…


    But most of all people #StaySafe #Blessracing #BlessSA

  13. Gavin M says:

    Gavin Marnitz

    Elmore has it 100% correct.

    Rascallion past the post already.
    Goooooo you beauty.

  14. Anastassiou says:

    Do it again should win this one.

  15. Sean Finkay says:

    Linebacker will be in position 1 at the finish line

  16. Mark campbell says:

    I feel there is a good mix of 3 year olds , 4 year olds and the older brigade which makes for a very exciting Durban July this year , especially after a few of the fancied runners find themselves drawn in the car park I MUST Fully agree with Anton Marx ,very sad to see the handicappers get it so wrong time after time after time .., GTGL RATED 124 , EXPRESSFROMTHEUS RATED 122 …., one is a multiple champion in two age groups with five group one wins under his belt and the latter a hard knocking six time listed race winner only receiving 2 lbs ., this is the most blatant Misuse of a handicapping tool ive ever witnessed .,how can they possible get it SO wrong .!

    Ps my pic 1st GTGL 2nd rascallion 3rd Belgarion 4 th linebacker 5 th kommetdeding

    Fingers crossed expressfromtheus sneaks into the top 6 just to give the handicappers a glimmer of credibility 🙁

  17. Andrew says:

    Do it again looks cherry ripe and snaith his bullish about his chances. Back do it again and stand in the que. Kommetdieding to run a cracker in second and rainbow bridge and got the green light to fight out minor places.

    1. Editor says:

      Andrew Perumal

  18. Daine says:

    Dia… Nexus.. Rb. Gtgl.. My choice

    1. Editor says:

      Daine Weber

  19. Lionel says:

    Rascallion big runner,devastating finish if let loos last 300m

    1. Editor says:

      Lionel Fourie

  20. Naeem Sayed says:

    Naeem Sayed

    SHE”S A KEEPER to run a cracker i feel this horse is above average my money come race day good value bet. GOOD LUCK to all u punters…

    1. Editor says:

      Thanks Naeem

  21. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Morning Cameron. There we go all systems go for your (our) Champion horse DIA. No doubt Richard Fourie changed his mind after the 1600m warm up. I thought Anton Marcus would be fit and ride him. But the Jock change probably a good thing. I still lean towards GTGL for the win. However if DIA makes history, well ….

    Still looking for the roughie for the QT. Maybe Sovereign Spirit ? I do fancy Mr Marshall’s pair as well.

    Mr Editor, Pls interview the Auntie(with respect) and her crystal ball that gave us last year’s straight line Trifecta, and the QT… or it was close. Geez, time flies

    1. Editor says:

      Will do Cecil
      Havent heard from her again

  22. Cameron James says:

    Hi Cecil, gets exciting this time of year. DIA won the July from draw 15 in 2018, so im not overly concerned. I knew Richard would ride DIA as at the weights Belgarion is going to battle to retain his title.

    All Richard needs to do is stalk the pace, gradually move DIA to the outside rail and let the engines kick in. There’s going to be a lot of pace in the race which will suit. And because RB is going to shift in, i dont think thats where the going will be on the day.

    This field is actually not the strongest, very few with a winning chance. When in doubt, class always rises.

  23. Michael Jacobs says:

    Why would this be considered a weak field, it is surely one of the strongest fields for a long time? Multiple Met and July winners. Top 3 yr olds, grade 1 winners and solid handicappers! All the top horses in the coutry are there except maybe the top fillies. Which top horses are missing that could improve the field?

  24. M(artin)Gram(matica) says:

    Malmoos War of Athena Summer Pudding Golden Ducat off the top of my head.

  25. hilton witz says:

    Cameron you 100percent correct not the strongest of fields ..If you look at the first nominations you will see that 7 individual group 1 winners from the last 12 to 15 months are withdrawn and some of them multiple group 1 winners ..malmoos war of athena summer pudding russian rock golden ducat captains ransom and jet dark ….the final field has only 5 individual group 1 winners in it…Put them all in and the race would have superb depth ..Solutions need to be found for each provinces feature racing season so the best can race against the best and im hoping the natal winter season can revert back to 4 months and that this notion of feast or famine where big race days have to have 8 features on is done away with …This can only be achieved by having racing people involved something which hasnt happened amongst both operators for almost 2 decades

  26. LES HALE says:

    Third time lucky for Rainbow Bridge . If he does not get cut off and boxed in for a run he will sail in.
    Good luck to all the owners

  27. Michael Jacobs says:

    Golden Ducat is injured. Russian Rock fluked the Guinneas, Jet Darker is probably a miler. Malmoos fluffed his lines in CT as did Summer Pudding. The supetstar fillies have opted for tue Fillies race.

    Who else?

  28. Dev Govender says:

    I think the strength or weakness of the field is, to some extent, in the eye of the beholder and I can understand where both sides of the argument are coming from.

    In all fairness, I don’t recall ever seeing a July where just about every single runner was top-drawer. It’s always been a mix of proven champions, up and coming stars and a fair number of no-hopers (although in most years, one of those no-hopers seems to pop up in the trifecta!)

    As I see it, there are between five and seven horses that can realistically win this years race: the first three in the Daily News 2000; GTGL; and RB, albeit he will be serious challenged at the weights. You can stretch it to seven if – and it’s a big if – DIA (my personal favourite) and Belgarion can reproduce their very best form.

    So, with more than half the field not having a realistic shot at victory, it suggests a weak(ish) line up.

    The counter-argument, though, is that any race that can bring together the above-mentioned seven horses must be considered (overall) a strong field because of the quality that this group brings to the table.

  29. Dan Maniram says:

    With all due respect, you all are only harping on the old timers DIA and company. You guys are forgetting what a strong bunch of 3 yr olds we have, and they all are slung in at the weights. History would tell us that good 3 yr olds with competitive weights more often than not have won the July or came close. Well, history is about to repeat itself, you have been warned. LOL.

  30. Geoff Logan says:

    Not sure whether it’s the right time to mention it but I am not a fan of the barrier position determining the saddle cloth number of the horse. The current system that the other provinces outside of KZN still use is the weight that the horse is carrying determines the race number. In my opinion this system is far better more logical and less confusing. Who agrees with me?

  31. GGoliath says:

    @Geoff Logan, totally agree with you but the barrier draw system has been debated on this platform for more than a year.Dont think this will ever change.

  32. Geoff Logan says:

    Thanks for your response. I guarantee you if the KZN powers that be, conducted a survey their current system would be out voted by a mile. But like NHRA conduct their affairs, I agree with you nothing would change.

  33. C bowerman says:

    shes a keeper carrying only 52 kgs, with champion jockey warren kennedy on board, has a good chance. shes my choice


    Geoff Logan, I’ve raised that issue on many occasions. Thanks for highlighting it again. I am in total agreement with You.

    I can impart additional information about this issue to you privately. if you send me a blank e-mail I tell you the Real Story

    [email protected] – that’s my e-mail for racing stuff

  35. Craig says:

    Guys anyone got a pa worked out race & 10 look like nightmares

    1. Editor says:

      Craig Pillay

  36. Rishan Naicker says:

    CIRILLO for the Win when you least expect it…… LETS GO!!!


    Good evening Craig, I’m a PA addict. What do you mean by 10 ?

    Race 10 isn’t included in the PA or am I barking up the wrong tree…

  38. Craig says:

    No I was looking at the difficult races so I also added race 10 . To the list because it is difficult but not part of PA. how would you structure your PA. Looking for some help

    1. Editor says:

      Craig Pillay

  39. Craig says:

    Meant it is also a difficult race as well although not part of PA.

  40. Jurgens Wolmarans says:

    Hi everyone i do agree on what is been said by all of you i feel this year is tricky there is good horses in the race but i would say the jockeys attending this meeting is scary like C.Habib sneaky rider so what i’m trying to say is look at consistent jockeys now like C.Zackey L.Ferraris M.v Rensburg L.Mxothwa and more the problem is to me S.Moodley was not doing good and now lately before july he start winning ? Jockeys like L.Hewitson,R.Fourie and S.Khumalo very good riders but lately not doing good thist before the july there is a snake in the grass there. Then it’s G.Lerena doing good on any track… so i’m leaning towards the jockey this year not the horse.

  41. Jurgens Wolmarans says:

    There is one jockey i left out and waiting on a comment he is a very very good rider especially KZN.


    I got you Craig,

    I certainly tell you by Wednesday my PA thoughts and stacks. Past record shows that my early PA picks out-form my Saturday combinations by miles.

    Bye the bye, The Editor is contemplating another SP Bloggers Pick6 Syndicate, as we did two years ago. I must let him know if I’m up to manage it again.

    1. Editor says:

      Yes, William if you happy to take up the unpaid position of Chief Co-ordinator & Chairperson of Selections, we can get it rolling again.
      Projected Pick 6 pool is R15 million – tote betting opens Monday in KZN and Tuesday in other regions

  43. Geoff Logan says:

    William I will contact you.

  44. DO IT AGAIN will do it again and make history come race day , he will be followed by rainbow bridge , matterhorn and got the greenlight no specific order….


    Mr. Editor, I might run into ‘unforeseen trouble’ with other work on Monday and Tuesday, I’ll let you know on Monday… apologies about these trivialities

    1. Editor says:

      Priorities WIlliam.
      Racing comes first 🙂


    Yes Sir, I got you!

  47. Krishwin Singh says:

    The president has given us the greenlight to go ahead,followed by rascallion ,linebecker,she’s a keeper.my birthday is also on the 14th and it brings me alot of luck,the number 14.

    A black jockey is in need to win a July .so I’m sticking to the guns ,no 14 got the greenlight All the way .u go boy .

    Joe soma needs a win for the July

  48. Lonwabo Kato says:

    Sorry guys is Anton Marcus participating on the Durban July this year?

    1. Editor says:

      He is on the injured list, Lonwabo

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