Durban July Betting 2018

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Durban July Betting 2018 Final Field and Betting Odds

African Night Sky 19/10
Do It Again 7/1
Made To Conquer 10/1
Majestic Mambo 10/1
White River 10/1
Elusive Silva 14/1
Abashiri 15/1
Yakeen 22/1
Dark Moon Rising 22/1
Tilbury Fort 25/1
Coral Fever 25/1
Fiorella 35/1
Matador Man 35/1
Gold Standard 35/1
Star Express 45/1
Rocket Countdown 45/1
Liege 45/1
Secret Potion 45/1

Durban July Betting Preview  from

A list of runners and riders and the odds of reward (which are subject to change) are available at the end of this betting preview kindly provided by feature race specialist Southpaw.

Southpaw’s Preview

The Vodacom Durban July takes place at Greyville on Saturday afternoon and punters who don’t fancy the favourite will find plenty of value in the field, such is the open looking nature of this years contest.

A maximum field of 18 are set to line-up over the 2200m Grade One contest, although it could be fair to say that the quality is perhaps somewhat lacking to compared to recent times. Usually I give a full run-through of the each of the runners, but unfortunately work and family commitments have limited my punting time of late so please excuse the shorter preview.

I’m a sucker for an ante-post bet and I’ve had two punts in the months leading up to this race. One of those was a tip I put on the Goodforthegame forum on 24th May – WHITE RIVER had caught my eye as an interesting July entry, and the trainer was one who I really respect when it comes to the big KZN winter features. I suggested 25/1 e/w was a good ante-post punt and it was pleasing to see him make the final field.

White River’s price has taken a bit of a tumble in the last week, which hopefully is a positive sign. What I liked about his chances was the fact he’d been running against top quality sorts over his 3yr old career, and had a few hard luck stories in some of those big Cape features. His last effort in the Daily News 2000 was a slightly odd display – I’m not sure the race was run to his liking, but he comes into this weekend carrying just 53kg. It will be his 2nd outing after being gelded and I’m expecting big improvement and a bold effort from Brett Crawford’s runner.

My other early ante-post punt, for a lesser stake, was YAKEEN at 25/1. I had written off this punt after he ran a shocker in the GR3 Tony Ruffel stakes, but he’s since bounced back to real off back-to-back wins to earn a spot in the July. Granted he needs to show even bigger improvement to feature on Saturday, but he seems to have more to come, and based on recent efforts the Greyville course could suit him perfectly.

Ruling and clear favourite AFRICAN NIGHT SKY has had a superb prep for the July and absolutely cruised in last time out over 1800m at the Greyville track. Justin Snaith has a powerful hand in this race and AFRICAN NIGHT SKY looks the pick of the bunch on that last effort. He did cop a penalty as a result but we know he stays the trip just fine and he must be included in your top few selections.

MAJESTIC MAMBO hasn’t quite lived up to his early career promise but he caught the eye when mowing down all bar one in the Daily News 2000. He will look to come off the pace again on Saturday and he looks a dark horse who we know has the potential but needs to show he’s over his issues and back to his best to feature.

My final pick for some each-way value and a lively quartet chance is the rank outsider GOLD STANDARD, who’s recent form isn’t too inspiring but is one who I think has the class to surprise if back to his best. He needed his last outing and it wasn’t a bad effort over a trip short of his ideal distance, and a plum inside 6 draw will help his chances this weekend.


There are a number of others in this field for which a case could be made, but I’m fairly in the White River camp and hope to see my other picks above run into the money. My top 5 are below and I’ll be taking any further bets around this group:

1st. WHITE RIVER (10/1)

2nd. YAKEEN (25/1)





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Field taking shape in latest Log

While the Log is dominated by visiting horses, two “locals” barged their way into contention. Dark Moon Rising from the Paul Lafferty stable ran an eye-catching second in the World Sports Betting 1900 and earned his 17th place on the Log while the Duncan Howells-trained filly Fiorella shouldered her way into the picture when winning the Daisy Fillies Guineas where she beat Snaith’s top filly Snowdance.

Latest Log

The latest Vodacom Durban July Log issued today revealed that Snaith could go into the famous 2 200m clash at Greyville on Saturday, July 7, with at least a third of the 18 runners. And while such a situation may be frowned upon in some circles if it takes place, all the runners concerned have earned their ratings and deserve to be there, although some might question Legislate’s 9thposition on the Log.

The first Log showed that the Snaith stable had four horses in the top 18 and they have retained their positions but they have been joined by former Vodacom Durban July winner Legislate that returns from an unsuccessful spell as a stallion and the five-year-old gelding Elusive Silva that flashed through in the home straight from off the pace to win the recent Grade 2 World Sports Betting 1900. Legislate won the big race three years ago and his only recent outing was when winning a barrier trial earlier this month.

The top six horses on the initial Log have retained their positions while Matador Man, Flichity By Farr, Rocket Countdown and the Snaith-trained Platinum Prince have made their way onto the “verandah” hoping for the door to open and let them in. Also sitting on the veranda having slipped from the top 18 is the Australian-bred three-year-old from the Frank Robinson stable Roy Had Enough while Steel Rose and The Slade Have slipped off the veranda and will be looking to regain favour when they run in the Daily News 2000 and Lonsdale Stirrup Cup respectively on June 2.

See the latest Vodacom Durban July log here.

Article Courtesy of Vodacom Durban July

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