Durban July 2018 Preview


The Durban July will be run over 2200m at Greyville Racecourse in Durban on Saturday and we take a look at the field and the betting along with a couple of selections and details of a terrific promotion.

The July is Race 7 on a superb card with the first race off at 11:25. The main event jumps at 16:20 and betting for all the races is available here. Let’s take a look at the runners and the betting.

The Field, Betting

Number, Draw, Name, Trainer/Jockey, Weight, Age, Win Odds, Place odds

4 (10) African Night Sky, J Snaith / G Van Niekerk, 57.00kgs, 4 Years, 5/2, 31/80

8 (16) Do It Again, J Snaith / A Marcus, 54.00kgs, 3 Years, 15/2, 93/80

12 (13) White River, B Crawford / C Orffer, 53.00kgs, 3 Years, 10/1, 31/20

3 (2) Abashiri, M G Azzie/A A Azzie / P Strydom, 58.50kgs, 5 Years, 12/1, 93/50

9 (19) Majestic Mambo P Peter / C Murray, 54.00kgs, 3 Years, 12/1, 93/50

15 (12) Made To Conquer, J Snaith / J Lloyd, 53.00kgs, 4 Years, 12/1, 93/50

5 (14) Elusive Silva, J Snaith / B Fayd’Herbe, 56.50kgs, 5 Years, 14/1, 2/1

10 (15) Matador Man, S Tarry / S Khumalo, 53.50kgs, 4 Years, 20/1, 31/10

17 (3) Dark Moon Rising, P Lafferty / W Kennedy, 53.00kgs, 4 Years, 20/1, 31/10

13 (20) Tilbury Fort, S Tarry / L Hewitson, 53.00kgs, 4 Years, 22/1, 33/10

14 (7) Yakeen, M De Kock / R Simons, 53.00kgs, 3 Years, 28/1, 217/50

1 (4) Coral Fever, R Sage / M Yeni, 60.00kgs, 5 Years, 33/1, 5/1

2 (6) Gold Standard, G Kotzen / C Zackey, 59.50kgs, 4 Years, 33/1, 5/1

6 (18) Liege, S Tarry / R Danielson, 56.00kgs, 5 Years, 35/1, 217/40

11 (8) Fiorella, D Howells / M Khan, 53.00kgs, 3 Years, 40/1, 62/10

16 (5) Rocket Countdown, C Bass-Robinson / S Randolph, 53.00kgs, 3 Years, 40/1, 62/10

18 (11) Secret Potion, G Woodruff / M V’Rensburg, 52.00kgs, 3 Years, 40/1, 62/10

7 (9) Star Express, J Snaith / A Domeyer, 55.50kgs, 5 Years, 45/1, 279/40

Reserve Runners

19 (17) Pack Leader, G Kotzen / Reserve 1, 53.00kgs, 3 Years

20 (1) Crowd Pleaser, J A Janse Van Vuuren / Reserve 2, 53.00kgs, 4 Years

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Please note, the odds quoted are correct as of 13:00 Wednesday 4th July but are subject to change.

Leading Contenders

The first two horses in the current betting, African Night Sky and Do It Again, are trained by Justin Snaith who also saddles 3 other runners.  African Night Sky is the favourite and he arrives in good shape after winning his preparation race over a shorter distance on 9th June. The last 4 runnings of this race have all gone to 4 year olds and this one looks likely to make a bold bid.

Do It Again is a year younger than the favourite and is drawn wide at 16 but Anton Marcus takes the ride.

White River is from the Brett Crawford yard and the trainer has been bullish concerning the chances of this 3 year old who has a light mass. The draw could have been kinder but the odds have tumbled since the early ante post betting.

Striker Strydom, who partnered The Conglomerate to victory in 2016, takes the ride on Abashiri who also found betting support in recent days. The Azzie stable gave Abashiri a preparation run over 1400m a month ago and this sort of distance will be more to the 5 year olds liking.

Majestic Mambo was second in the Daily News 2000 recently and could well come from off the pace again having being allocated an outside gate.

Made To Conquer and Elusive Silva are 2 other Snaith runners who have been drawn pretty wide but they are reasonably prominent in the betting. Bernard Fayd’Herbe takes the ride on Elusive Silva and bids for back to back July’s having ridden Marinaresco to glory last year.

Yakeen represents the Mike de Kock stable and steps up in class whilst Sean Tarry has Matador Man, Tilbury Fort and Leige in the field and after that we come to the outsiders in the betting.


We go with African Night Sky to oblige for favourite backers with Majestic Mambo providing the each way interest.

Suggested Bets

Win African Night Sky

Win / Place Majestic Mambo