The Vodacom Durban July 2016 is around the corner and it’s a good time to start placing your bets online. Below are some great Vodacom Durban July Betting facts.

1. 13 is a Lucky Number at the Vodacom Durban July
In 1960 an international rugby match was played the weekend before the Durban July where Hennie van Zyl scored both tries for South Africa in the number 13 jersey, with a final score of 13-0! A week after that the horse wearing the number 13 saddlecloth, Left Wing, won the Durban July. Who will be wearing the number 13 saddlecloth and what are their betting odds to win?

2. 2 Dead-Heats
Only 2 dead-heats have ever taken place at the Durban July. The first between Sea Cottage and Jollify in 1967, and the other, more recently, between Pocket Power and Dancer’s Daughter in 2008.

3. The number 10 Saddlecloth
In 2004, in order to mark ten years of Democracy, all horses in any Gold Circle race that year wearing the number 10 saddlecloth had the Proudly South African flag adorned on it. Poetically the winner of the Durban July that year was Greys Inn wearing the Number 10 saddlecloth.

4. Abashiri for the Win
Owner of stud Abashiri, Adriaan van Vuuren is so confident that his SA Triple Crown winning horse will win the Vodacom Durban July, he delivered a gift bag to the Lammerskraal Stud owner containing an Abashiri themed scarf, cap, bottle of champagne, flash drive with all of his wins on it, a ‘King Abashiri’ saddle cloth, and a personalised T-Shirt words “Abashiri, Vodacom Durban July 2016 here we come” and on the back “Go Abba Go.”

Current betting odds on Abashiri are 12/1

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Read more about the 5 horses to bet on at the Vodacom Durban July here.

5. Legendary Trainers
The most number of Vodacom Durban July wins by a single trainer are 7 and this title is shared between Syd Laird and Terrance Millard.

6. Legendary Horses
There are only 3 horses with the most runs of a Durban July and they have become quite legendary, they are Gondolier (5 starts), Beau Art (5 starts), Irish import and Flaming rock with four starts. Out of these only Flaming Rock actually won, and that was in 1991.

7. French Navy
Mike Tarry trained French Navy will be raised 5lbs from his current 57,5 kgs to a new topweight of 60kgs, after Tarry withdrew this years favorite, Legal Eagle from the race. This therefore makes SA Triple Crown winner Abashiri is the only 3yo not under sufferance if his stats are to be believed.

Current betting odds on French Navy are 7/1.

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8. Four Horses
There are only four horses that have ever won the Durban July back to back, being Campanajo in 1897 and 1898, Corriecrian in 1907 and 1908, Milesia Pride in 1949 and 1950 and El Picha in 1999 and 2000.

9. Fillies and Mares
There have only been 11 wins in the History of the Durban July by a filly or mare. Filly’s this year include Bela-Bela who has current betting odds of 8/1 to win.

Place your Vodacom Durban July bets today.

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