IMMORTALITY: Jockey Piere Strydom rides a pearl of a race as Pomodoro holds Smanjemanje at bay in the 2012 Vodacom Durban July. Pomodoro is trained by Sean Tarry and is owned by Chris van Niekerk.
OVER R100 MILLION IS WON ON THE DAY!
HILL FIFTY FOUR
Gavin van Zyl
CHERRY ON THE TOP
Mike de Kock
WYLIE HALL (AUS)
KNOCK ON WOOD
DO YOU REMEMBER
KING OF PAIN
RUN FOR IT
LIANCOURT ROCK (AUS)
THE R3.5-million Vodacom Durban July at Greyville, run on the first Saturday of the month, is billed as Africa’s greatest horseracing event and with good cause. Some 50,000 people pack into the racecourse and there’s a loud cheer as the runners break from the starting stalls at the 2200m mark. They then race in a straight line until disappearing behind the Drill Hall at the 1600m mark. There they swing right into a long sweeping bend that turns sharply right into the short straight with 400m to go. The crowd begins to roar as the runners gallop across the subway and unwind into the final charge for the most coveted horseracing prize on the continent.
Event details: Africa’s greatest horseracing event and the biggest single betting day on the continent. Some 50,000 people pack into Greyville Racecourse and millions more follow the action on television. Nearly R100 million is wagered with TAB on the day plus tens of millions of rand more with bookmakers. The R3-million Vodacom Durban July, Africa’s richest race, is one of eight feature races run at the meeting, which starts before midday and continues into the night under floodlights.
History: The Durban July spans three centuries, having first been run in 1897. The race was sponsored by Rothmans from 1963 until 2000 with Vodacom taking over the sponsorship in 2002.
Date/Venue: Saturday 6 July 2013 Greyville Racecourse
Betting: Bet with South African horseracing and tote betting company Phumelela at a TAB, by phone, online or via mobile. Call 0861 444 822 for more info.
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