For the 2nd one year in a row the Durban July will likely be speed in the attend of-closed-doors at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on Saturday afternoon.
Durban July 2021: Race time
With one amongst essentially one of the best fields in a protracted time, history beckons for a vary of icons of the game entered for the first race that gets under means at 15: 00 on Saturday 3 July.
The Justin Snaith-expert Durban July defending champion Belgarion will delivery eyeing a uncommon attend-to-attend victory. If Belgarion passes the a hit publish first, he’ll be handiest the sixth horse to bewitch the race twice and the fifth to bewitch it two years in succession.
Belgarion’s stablemate Map It Some other time is neatly poised to live as much as his title, having won the race twice earlier than, in 2018 and 2019, and will include to he add the 2021 crown to his spectacular listing of achievements, he’ll be the first horse in history to bewitch the July three times.
He’ll be ridden by ace jockey Richard Fourie, who will turn out to be the first jockey to bewitch a hat-trick of Durban Julys, having won on Map It Some other time in 2019 and Belgarion final one year.
If he wins this would presumably maybe furthermore fair select him to four July wins in total, alongside with becoming a member of Piere Strydom, Anthony Delpech and Harold “Tiger” Wright, and one immediate of the all-time mark held by the legendary Anton Marcus.
Justin Snaith has four runners in the eighteen-solid field, and if any of them comes dwelling to bewitch the Durban July he’ll turn out to be the first trainer in 108 years to bewitch the race four times in succession, becoming a member of Fred Murray because the handiest trainer to include completed this feat. Murray expert and owned every winner from 1910 to 1913.
If Snaith succeeds on Saturday afternoon this would presumably maybe furthermore fair select his total tally of Durban July victories to 6, and lawful one disquieted of the file held by Corridor Of Repute trainer Syd Laird and equal with the legendary Terrance Millard.
For the local racing fans, there are three KwaZulu-Natal expert runners in the race – She’s A Keeper, Matterhorn and Tristful, vying to turn out to be the first in the neighborhood expert winner of the race for the rationale that Dennis Drier-expert Spanish Galliard in 1992. Cape-expert horses include managed to bewitch the Durban July yearly for the rationale that 2014 inaugural running on the new narrower discover.
The generally fancied Rainbow Bridge, expert by Eric Sands can turn out to be the first high weight to bewitch the Durban July since Map It Some other time triumphed in 2019. Would possibly presumably well mute Rainbow Bridge be led into the winners enclosure on Saturday afternoon, his jockey Luke Ferraris will turn out to be the first youngster to bewitch the race for 52 years, Alan “Snowy” Reid being the final to include completed it on Naval Escort in 1969.
Moreover taking part in give a enhance to from the punters is Bought The Greenlight who will likely be attempting to beat the longest layoff for a winner for 87 years. No winner since Solar Tor in 1934, who came off a 161 day layoff, has advance off as lengthy a layoff as Bought The Greenlight’s, which is ready to be 63 days by July 3.
Durban July final field
Most well liked Durban July Odds
|RACE 7 – Shield/Space||03 July 2021 15: 00|
|#||Horse||Most well liked||Prev||Opening||Space|
|14||GOT THE GREENLIGHT||3.03||2.86||2.5||0.394|
|16||DO IT AGAIN||6.25||7.14||10||0.813|
|10||SHE’S A KEEPER||14.29||16.67||20||1.858|
|19||SILVER HOST (0%)||–|
Extra reporting from Dave Macleod (Gameplan Media).