On Saturday, 7 July, thousands of visitors will descend on Durban’s Greyville Racecourse, elegantly dressed in the fitting ‘It Is Time’ theme of this year’s Vodacom Durban July, waiting for the grand moment when the horses storm down the home straight in the main race. But the big question remains, who will win? Here are five horses to consider backing at the 2018 Vodacom Durban July.
Horses to Bet on Durban July 2018
1. African Night Sky
His recent performance in the Pinnacle at Greyville pushed African Night Sky to the top of the Vodacom Durban July list. Trained by renowned Capetonian, Justin Snaith, the four-year-old race favourite is likely to be ridden by Anton Marcus, a four-time Durban July champion (winning previously on Dancing Duel in 1993, El Picha in 2000, Dunford in 2005, and Hunting Tower in 2007). Marcus will race African Night Sky in the Cup Trial on 9 June before the July, and, if all goes well, he’ll be heading to the big race.
Current antepost Horse race betting odds on African Night Sky are 9/2
2. Elusive Silva
Another of Snaith’s contenders, Elusive Silva has really made his presence felt after his recent victories at the Grade 2 World Sports Betting (WSB) 1900 and Listed Sledgehammer over 1800m – both at Greyville. At the 2017 Vodacom Durban July, Elusive Silva was the third favourite for the main race following wins at the Listed Sledgehammer and Cup Trial but was unfortunately scratched after straining a tendon in the gallops. If the conditions on race day are wet, Elusive Silva has an even better chance – he managed to top the field on extremely soft conditions following the recent rains. The joint second-favourite is definitely one to consider.
Current antepost Horse race betting odds on Elusive Silva are 12/1
3. Gold Standard
From Silva to Gold Standard. This four-year-old colt wants the chance to truly show his ability and the Vodacom Durban July could be it. Gold Standard comes from really great stock, sired by USA-bred Trippi, one of the world’s greatest three-year-old sprinter-milers of 2000. Trainer, Glen Kotzen, has believed in Gold Standard since day one, finishing second on his debut race, and is confident about his chances at the Vodacom Durban July.
Current antepost horse race betting odds on Gold Standard are 40/1
4. Mambo Mime
Trainer, Dean Kannemeyer, ranks in the top echelon of South Africa’s classic winning trainers and he has high hopes for the six-year-old bay gelding, Mambo Mime. Kannemeyer, who won the race in 2015 with Power King, said that this Grade 3 winner is very capable and is absolutely thriving in KwaZulu-Natal.
Current antepost horse race betting odds on Mambo Mime are 80/1
5. Pack Leader
Another Kotzen-trained horse, Pack Leader, makes the top-5 pick. Kotzen is adamant Pack Leader – a three-year-old Philanthropist colt – stands a chance in the Vodacom Durban July, stating he has had great preparation and should make the top three. Although Pack Leader is only a two-time winner from 10 starts, Kotzen believes with a bit of luck on his side Pack Leader will pick up a big win. And the Vodacom Durban July could be it.
Current antepost horse race betting odds on Pack Leader are 12/1
Important Vodacom Durban July dates to diarise:
• First Declaration: Close 11:00 Monday, 14 May
• First Supp. Entries: Close 11:00 Tuesday, 15 May
• Second Declaration: Close 11:00 Monday, 4 June
• Final Supp. Entries: Close 11:00 Monday, 18 June
• Weights Published: Tuesday, 19 June
• Final Declaration: Close 11:00 Monday, 25 June
• Final Field and Draw: Tuesday, 26 June 2018
Durban July Final Field 2018
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