Every year the Vodacom Durban July creates mass excitement amongst race goers and horse race betting enthusiasts. This year’s final field was announced on the 20th June 2017. A great chance for horse race betting fans to make their final decisions.
There are 20 entries carded for this event and the actual Vodacom Durban July, Africa’s greatest horseracing event, will take place on the 1st July 2017 at Greyville Racecourse, Durban, with everyone watching what will happen in Race 7.
Let’s take a look below at a few favourite picks in this list to start your horse race betting planning.
Things haven’t really gone as planned for the Candice Bass-Robinson trained son of Silvano during the Cape summer season. However having won an automatic qualifying race this season, Marinaresco is currently star of the show. Last year’s runner up of the Durban July will be eager for a win and there’s nothing stopping him, if he is fit and well – which he did look to be in the pre-race gallops – he poses a threat to the more popular runners. However top-weight looks a real burden and perhaps one of the yards other runners could fare better.
Current antepost Horse race betting odds on Marinaresco are 16/1
2. Al Sahem
Champion trainer Sean Tarry’s has loaded his gun with 4 final field contenders that include the promising Al Sahem. One of 2 three-year old entries jostling for the crown, the talented Al Sahem is leading the challenge. He will be looking for a fourth win in just seven starts and perhaps even the first three year old winner since 2014. The Bay Colt has a lot to prove and is a top contender for the title on July 1st.
Current antepost Horse race betting odds on Al Sahem are 9/2
3. Edict of Nantes
The second three-year old in the running is Brett Crawford trained, Edict Of Nantes who impressed with late storming runs in the Cape Classic and the Selangor Cup earlier this year and looks a massive runner for the Durban July. This runner has stepped out twice over 2000m and has won on both occasions, however a neck in neck pace on Saturday could be a real test of his stamina.
Current antepost horse race betting odds on Edict of Nantes are 5/1
4. Black Arthur
Black Arthur, who won last season’s KRA Guineas at Greyville, has shown a real liking to the Durban track and was an unlucky seventh last year. Grant van Niekerk will be riding and although many experts refute this decision, only time will tell as to whether they’re a good match. There has been much talk about this entry but trainer Justin Snaith is determined to give this runner a fair shot even though he seems poorer as a four year old than his three year old career.
Current antepost horse race betting odds on Black Arthur are 6/1
5. The Conglomerate
Who could forget the surprise victor of 2016? But as luck would have it, the title holder would need to produce an outstanding effort to become one of only 5 horses ever to score back-to-back July wins. Carrying just 0.5kg more than last year and picking up a perfect inside draw must improve his chances however. His recent efforts haven’t been poor, with placements in the Summer Cup, so he does show a tendency to show up at the big races.
Current antepost horse race betting odds on The Conglomerate are 10/1
Our Wildcard Betting Pick
5. Elusive Silva (scratched)
Cape Winter Derby winner Elusive Silva, is one of 9 Justin Snaith Vodacom Durban July entries and the Phillipi based horseman looks to be reaping the benefits of a patient approach during the tempting Cape Summer. He is a son of Silvano out of the one-time winning Fort Wood mare, Esprit. Odds are definitely in this Chestnut Geldings favour.
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Please note betting odds quoted are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.