Durban – The top horses in the betting for the 2019 Durban July
drew well when the final field for the R4.25 million, Grade 1 event was
announced at a public function at the Gateway Theatre Of Shopping at Umhlanga
on the North Coast just outside Durban on Tuesday.
Africa’s greatest racing event will be run over 2 200m at Greyville in Durban
on Saturday, July 6 and the annual betting frenzy on the iconic race will now
move into top gear heading the betting splurge across Southern Africa that will
see more than R200 million being wagered on the special day.
There were no real surprises among the 18 horses named to contest the race and
the inclusion of the Frank Robinson-trained Australian-bred colt Roy Had Enough
was expected after his impressive victory in the Grade 3 Track & Ball Derby
at Scottsville on Saturday.
However, having made the final field, he did not
fare well when it came to the draw and he will have to jump from at best the 14
Justin Snaith, who has five runners in the race, showed satisfaction with the
10 draw position for defending Durban July champion Do It Again when he
personally did the draw for his runners with the other four members of his team
set to start from positions 5 for Miyabi Gold, 8 for Magnificent Seven, 11 for
Made To Conquer and 12 for Doublemint.
Mike de Kock, who will saddle favourite Hawwaam, drew three for his star
performer and big race favourite, and six for his other three-year-old colt
Barahin while Joey Ramsden was physically unimpressed with the 13 and 17 draws
which he made for his two runners Fresnaye and Twist Of Fate.
Sean Tarry pulled top draws for three of his four horses with Tilbury Fort to
jump from the inside pen with stable companion Return Flight alongside of him. The
seven-year-old Legal Eagle got the seven draw while the three-year-old colt
Zillzaal drew 20 which matched his carded number as the second reserve runner.
The latest betting on the Durban July is:
17/10 – Hawwaam
4/1 – Do It Again
45/10 – Rainbow Bridge
6/1 – Barahin
16/1 – Twist
20/1 – Legal Eagle
25/1 – Doublemint, Magnificent Seven
28/1 – Head
Honcho, Eyes Wide Open, Made To Conquer
40/1 – Tilbury Fort
50/1 – Divine
Odyssey, Return Flight
55/1 – Lady In Black, Miyabi Gold
66/1 – Fresnaye
– Roy Had Enough
More information can be found at www.vodacomdurbanjuly.co.za