Feel free to hit the bush when it’s July Durban. You put your race-shaped study wizard on the line – along with mirth, dreams, stargazing, bone-throwing and voodoo spells – and you stand on the big race.
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With the risk of a face – and – egg result, here’s runners (number / draw, name, trainer, weight, jockey, odd) ahead of the 126th edition of the annual race at Greyville on Saturday. .
1 Aragosta (Mike de Kock) 53kg Warren Kennedy 9-1
Money talks, and the SA Derby winner has received a lot of support over the past week.
Sir Rafeef’s son has set up an impressive public gallop and the forthcoming champion jockey is on his back.
Chuck is a bit weighty and the argument is strong, but does he have the main opposition class?
Another thing to note: This horse is De Kock’s head trainer but he has three well – dressed runners in the race who are high value people. What will he say to them in the parade ring before the race?
2 Repeat (Justin Thread) 58.5kg Aldo Domeyer 14-1
Great beast. He won the race in 2018 and 2019 and has been replaced for the past two years.
It’s been seven years now, but Greyville still has the class, the desire and the taste. The first three times July in 126 years? One for the elderly? You bet!
3 Hoedspruit (Justin Snaith) 53.5kg Craig Zackey 12-1
One of the five greatest runners ever for his trainer, who spoke of him as an improved horse.
Decent form, good rider, low weight. It’s not that far north with a likely winner. Dark horse.
4 Line backup (Vaughan Marshall) 58.5kg Grant van Niekerk 5-1
Closed on second place last year, so it was clear that he was well off. More weight this time and has not won for more than a year.
It can’t be discarded, but it’s not one of my favorites.
5 Puerto Manzano (Johan Janse van Vuuren) 55.5kg Raymond Danielson 75-1
No way, Jose.
7 Waterberry Lane (Dean Kannemeyer) 53kg Keagan de Melo 22-1
You might end up in Penny Lane betting on this guy.
8 Pomp And Power (Justin Snaith) 53kg Richard Fourie 7-1
Crazy, stroppy, bolshy … and fast.
“Pomp is a Pomp,” his jockey jokingly explained as the caretakers tweeted about the misbehavior of the night before he began his public gallop last week.
He’s expected to miss his chances in July by sweating up all in the preliminary rounds, but with Fourie ‘s easy confidence, he has a good chance.
9 Jet Dark (Justin Snaith) 60kg Bernard Fayd’Herbe 20-1
We are the ones in the dark, because of doubt stamina and great weight.
10 Safe Passage (Mike de Kock) 54.5kg Muzi Yeni 4-1
He came from nowhere in betting to the top of the list after winning the Daily News 2000, July’s “pointer” and a test of the best three-year-old in the country in any given year.
So, in theory, you prefer it. But are the three-year-old top any great shakes? Maybe not.
11 Belgarion (Justin Snaith) 59.5kg Piere Strydom 33-1
The main plus for the July 2020 winner is “Striker” Strydom back in the saddle after a long break due to injury.
But the upper jockey has cut out his work as neither he nor his outfits are likely to fit well enough.
12 Sparkling Water (Mike de Kock) 53.5kg S’Manga Khumalo 12-1
The only poet in the race. De Kock was very positive about her chances, so we need to pay attention to her.
Also, the former champion and July winner selected her to ride over another July rival.
But she’s obsolete in pre – job betting, suggesting confidence has soon waned.
13 Transport (Harold Crawford & Michelle Rix) 60kg Gavin Lerena 14-1
A rag story with wealth and the most popular July winner for many years when he won the crown in 2021.
He then went on to win the Cape Town Met and become a legend. Since then, however, it has been without a peak, with Highveld’s disappointing spell questioning his readiness this time around.
But he is a superstar.
14 Red Saxon (Joey Soma) 53kg Serino Moodley 75-1
With the exception of Joey, Serino and co – owner of Miss S Bhana, we will all see red if we win.
15 Second Coin (Johan Janse van Vuuren) 54.5kg Kabelo Matsunyane 75-1
Sorry, not even close.
16 Al Muthana (Mike de Kock) 58kg Callan Murray 33-1
Some doubt stamina and wide traction, but you have to look a little deeper.
First, there is the De Kock factor. Second, new star Callan Murray is flying all the way from his new base in Australia to spend 10 minutes behind the four – year – old (although he may be here on vacation). Third, it is ultra-consistent.
He has punters in two minds.
17 Astrix (Paul Peter) 56.5kg JP van der Merwe 100-1
Be careful! He may be a well – known foreigner with a wide draw, but Obelix is on his side – in the shape of coach Paul Peter offering his first win in July.
Snail of magic potion and who knows?
18 Flying Carpet (Sean Tarry) 53.5kg Calvin Habib 35-1
He needs one.
19 (6) Airways Law (Andre Nel) 53kg… .. 18-1
Emergency landing as an addition to the line up at the last minute.
Late developer with great form recently. Jet-driven in finish. Fate succeeds. That’s the law…
2 Do It Again
19 Airways Law
8 Pomp and Power
3 A tree
RECOMMENDED quartet (probably R10-million pool!)
2 x 3 x 8 x 10 x 13 x 17 x 19 (if you are nervous, add 1 and 16)
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