Weekend King Racing





The Road to the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships makes a stop at one of racing’s premier venues this Saturday for Del Mar’s signature race, the $1 million, Grade 1 TVG Pacific Classic Stakes. With the winner getting an all-expenses-paid “Win and you’re in” ticket into November’s Breeder’s Cup Classic at Santa Anita.

This year’s 29th running of the Pacific Classic drew a competitive 10-horse field highlighted by the 1-2 finishers of the Grade 2 Stephen Foster Stakes in June, Seeking the Soul and Quip.

Whether you want to gamble a few bucks on the race or you just want the scoop on this year’s runners, we’ve got you covered with our 2019 TVG.COM Pacific Classic Betting Cheat Sheet.


1. War Story (8-1)

Jockey: Tiago Pereira

Trainer: Jorge Navarro

Owners: Imaginary Stables and Glenn Ellis

Career record: 35 starts – 7 wins – 6 seconds – 5 thirds

Career earnings: $2,885,305

Earnings per start: $82,437

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 124

Pedigree: Northern Afleet – Belle Watling, by Pulpit

Colour: Chestnut

Age: 7

Notable achievements and interesting facts: War Story was a rising star on the Kentucky Derby trail back in 2015, but ever since running 16th in the 141st run for the roses he’s built a career as a lunch-pail racehorse capable of grabbing purse shares in lucrative races (such as earning a total of $900,000 for finishing fifth and 10th in the first two runnings of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational). He returns to Del Mar for the third time on Saturday, and will look to repeat his good fourth-place showing in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic, won by Gun Runner, rather than his seventh-place finish in the 2016 Pacific Classic, won by California Chrome. War Story comes in off of a win July 20 in the Grade 3, 1 1/8-mile Monmouth Cup Stakes, where he out finished Bal Harbour to win by a head. That effort indicates that even as he prepares to make his 36th career start, War Story still has the will to compete, and although his win chances are slim in the Pacific Classic, he’s shown more than enough ability throughout his career to merit strong consideration as a trifecta and superfecta filler. California-based jockey Tiago Pereira will ride War Story for the first time Saturday.

2. Quip (9-2)

Jockey: Florent Geroux

Trainer: Rodolphe Brisset

Owners: WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, and SF Racing

Career record: 9 starts – 4 wins – 2 seconds – 1 third

Career earnings: $1,054,100

Earnings per start: $117,122

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 108

Pedigree: Distorted Humor – Princess Ash, by Indian Charlie

Colour: Bay

Age: 4

Notable achievements and interesting facts: This talented racehorse ships in from points East to try for an elusive Grade 1 win, and he’ll face off again with Seeking the Soul. Both exit the Grade 2 Stephen Foster Stakes at Churchill Downs on June 15, when Quip duelled with classy Tom’s d’Etat for most of the 1 1/8-mile race and put that foe away in the final furlong but then could not withstand Seeking the Soul’s late charge and lost by a neck. Quip won the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap in his start prior to the Stephen Foster in a game effort, and prior to that, he ran third in his 2019 debut in the Grade 3 Hal’s Hope Stakes at Gulfstream Park after a nine-month layoff. At age 3, Quip won the Grade 2 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby and finished a good second in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby before disappointing in the Preakness Stakes. Based on that impressive two-year record, there’s an aura of untapped potential surrounding this colt that suggests a Grade 1 victory is well within his ability. The main concern with Quip is distance, as he’s been unable to finish the deal in two of his three starts at 1 1/8 miles despite good tries in both the Arkansas Derby and Stephen Foster, and he only won the Oaklawn Handicap by a neck. Still, Quip has shown plenty of fight throughout his career and figures to be near the early lead and battling all the way into midstretch under Florent Geroux, who won the Breeders’ Cup Classic aboard Gun Runner at Del Mar in 2017. This is the first Pacific Classic start for both Geroux and trainer Rodolphe Brisset. Co-owner WinStar Farm campaigned 2008 Pacific Classic runner-up Well Armed.

3. Pavel (7-2)

Jockey: Mario Gutierrez

Trainer: Doug O’Neill

Owner: Reddam Racing

Career record: 17 starts – 3 wins – 1 second – 2 thirds

Career earnings: $2,090,000

Earnings per start: $122,941

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 117

Pedigree: Creative Cause – Mons Venus, by Maria’s Mon

Colour: Gray or roan

Age: 5

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Last year’s Pacific Classic runner-up returns for another try on the heels of a decent third-place finish behind Preservationist and Catholic Boy in the Grade 2 Suburban Stakes July 6 at Belmont Park. He’s been training steadily at Del Mar since then for Doug O’Neill and, on the positive side, won’t face a monster like 2018 winner Accelerate in this year’s edition of the Pacific Classic. On the other hand, he has not visited the winner’s circle since taking the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap in June 2018 — easily his career-best race — and has generally continued his usual pattern of picking up hefty checks in prestige races by obtaining minor placings (he’s finished fourth seven times in his career, all in graded stakes, and earned $1.1 million with two such efforts in the 2018 and 2019 Dubai World Cups). Pavel can be counted on to usually make up some ground in the late going, but he doesn’t exactly have a swift turn of foot, and one wonders if regular rider Mario Gutierrez won’t put him in the race a little earlier on Saturday than usual. In his Stephen Foster win, Pavel stalked the pace and took over coming out of the far turn at Churchill Downs to get the jump on his opponents, and such a strategy might give him a better chance at winning (or at least hitting the board) on Saturday. As it stands, Pavel is an underlay on the morning line at 7-2 odds. Gutierrez was aboard Pavel in last year’s Pacific Classic, which boosted trainer Doug O’Neill’s overall record to one win, one second, and two thirds from 12 Pacific Classic starts. O’Neill won the 2006 renewal with fan favourite Lava Man. J. Paul Reddam has finished second one other time as sole owner besides last year, with Momentum in 2002; he also co-owned 2010 runner-up Crowded House.


4. For the Top (12-1)

Jockey: Martin Garcia

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Owner: RRR Racing

Career record: 7 starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 2 thirds

Career earnings: $160,428

Earnings per start: $22,918

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 101

Pedigree: Equal Stripes – Stormy Martyr, by Bernstein

Colour: Bay

Age: 4

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has won the Pacific Classic five times, second behind the late Bobby Frankel’s six victories, but he’ll be represented by a longshot in Saturday’s renewal with For the Top after stable star McKinzie instead was pointed to — and impressively won — the Grade 1 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga Aug. 3. This Argentine-bred won two of five starts in his home country, including a Group 1 stakes on dirt at about 1 ½ mile, before coming to the U.S. earlier this year. He made his debut in a one-mile allowance-optional claiming race at Santa Anita in June and finished last of four after pressing the early pace (fellow Pacific Classic starter Draft Pick rallied from last to win). He then started in the Grade 3 Cougar II Handicap at 1 ½ mile at Del Mar and again tired late after pressing the early pace to finish third behind another Pacific Classic foe, Campaign. It will be interesting to see if Baffert tries a different running style with For the Top in the Pacific Classic since the horse has been out finished in both of his U.S. starts, but the presence of Martin Garcia, one of the best pace jockeys in California, in the irons suggests that For the Top will be in the front ranks once again on Saturday. Garcia has won the Pacific Classic twice, both times for Baffert, aboard Game On Dude in 2013 and Collected in 2017. Baffert’s three other Pacific Classic wins came with General Challenge in 1999 and with Richard’s Kid in 2009 and 2010. Baffert has also finished second three times and third once.

5. Seeking the Soul (3-1)

Jockey: John Velazquez

Trainer: Dallas Stewart

Owner: Charles Fipke

Career record: 27 starts – 7 wins – 6 seconds – 7 thirds

Career earnings: $3,335,802

Earnings per start: $123,548

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 122

Pedigree: Perfect Soul – Seeking the Title, by Seeking the Gold

Colour: Bay

Age: 6

Notable achievements and interesting facts: In this current era of horse racing, Seeking the Soul qualifies as a throwback. Unlike fellow Pacific Classic starter War Story, who has eight more career starts but is a gelding, this 6-year-old still has a prospective career at stud on the horizon. Still, he has been sent all around the U.S. for four years running by owner-breeder Charles Fipke and trainer Dallas Stewart — and even to Dubai earlier this year. More often than not, he’s answered the bell against some of the best racehorses in training. That includes his most recent start, a sharp win at Churchill Downs in the June 15 Grade 2 Stephen Foster Stakes, in which he out finished Pacific Classic fo Quip to score by a neck. That victory pushed Seeking the Soul’s career earnings over the $3 million mark, and he enters the Pacific Classic as the 3-1 morning-line favourite. He deserves that distinction, but it must be noted that Seeking the Soul is 0-for-2 in races longer than 1 1/8 miles and, as a closer, will be dependent on a good pace scenario and a clean trip to set up his late kick. Still, he’s arguably in the best form of his career, the recent Dubai trip aside, and has excelled when teamed up with Hall of Famer John Velazquez in the saddle. One of the best jockeys at judging pace and timing a horse’s rally, Velazquez should have Seeking the Soul in a good position to make his customary stretch rally in Saturday’s race. This will be the first Pacific Classic start for Velazquez, Stewart, and Fipke.

6. Higher Power (8-1)

Jockey: Flavien Prat

Trainer: John Sadler

Owner: Hronis Racing

Career record: 12 starts – 4 wins – 1 second – 4 thirds

Career earnings: $200,648

Earnings per start: $16,721

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 112

Pedigree: Medaglia d’Oro – Alternate, by Seattle Slew

Colour: Bay

Age: 4

Notable achievements and interesting facts: After winning three of his first nine starts racing on the Midwest circuit, Higher Power was bought by Hronis Racing and sent to California and John Sadler. He joins Sadler-trained Campaign as a worthy contender in the Pacific Classic at what should be attractive odds, although he’ll need to muster a career-best performance to have a shot at winning, and even that might not be enough. His two best starts for Sadler have been his most recent ones, both coming on turf: a win in a one-mile allowance-optional claiming race at Santa Anita in June and a runner-up effort in the July 21 Wickerr Stakes at Del Mar. Higher Power picks up current Del Mar leading jockey Flavien Prat for the Pacific Classic, a big plus. Look for Prat to place his mount behind the early leaders through the first six furlongs and make a bid for the lead entering the far turn. A consistent type, his form has improved since moving to California and he should be considered for exactas and trifectas. Sadler picked up his first win in the Pacific Classic last year with Hronis Racing’s eventual Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and champion Accelerate, and he’s also finished second twice and third twice from 12 starts.

7. Tenfold (8-1)

Jockey: Mike Smith

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds

Career record: 11 starts – 4 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third

Career earnings: $901,890

Earnings per start: $81,990

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 110

Pedigree: Curlin – Temptress, by Tapit

Colour: Dark bay or brown

Age: 4

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Beginning with this well-bred colt’s second start, which was his second consecutive win to start off his career, he’s alternated good and bad performances over the past year and a half. If he keeps up the pattern, Tenfold should show up in Saturday’s Pacific Classic after making absolutely no impression in the June 15 Grade 2 Stephen Foster Stakes. He finished ninth of 12 in the Foster, 17 lengths behind Seeking the Soul, and he mustered only an 83 Equibase Speed Figure without any apparent excuse. Prior to the Foster, Tenfold tallied his second career graded stakes win in the Grade 3 Pimlico Special Stakes, defeating You’re to Blame by a neck … but that followed a seventh-place finish to Quip in the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap. You get the picture. This Steve Asmussen trainee has flashed enough talent to defeat the likes of Vino Rosso and Flameaway in the 2018 Jim Dandy Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets and to come three-quarters of a length shy of Justify in last year’s Preakness Stakes, but he’s also appeared overmatched at the top level several times, as noted above. Tenfold has a good, stalking running style and is bred for the Pacific Classic’s mile-and-a-quarter distance, and Hall of Famer Mike Smith gets on him for the first time Saturday, a big plus. Smith is tied with the late Garrett Gomez as the winningest rider in the Pacific Classic with four victories: Came Home (2002), Richard’s Kid (2009, 2010), and Shared Belief (2013). He’s also finished second once and third twice.

8. Campaign (6-1)

Jockey: Rafael Bejarano                                                                  

Trainer: John Sadler

Owner: Woodford Racing

Career record: 10 starts – 5 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds

Career earnings: $394,753

Earnings per start: $39,475

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 112

Pedigree: Curlin – Arania, by Dynaformer

Colour: Bay

Age: 4

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Even with the announcement that Catalina Cruiser would skip the Pacific Classic and compete in one-turn races going forward, trainer John Sadler still has a pair of legitimate contenders entered in Saturday’s mile-and-a-quarter contest. Campaign is more accomplished than stablemate Higher Power in dirt races and figures to get some betting support in the Pacific Classic based on his current form and, even more so, on his proven ability in long-distance routes. The Curlin colt first drew attention last fall on turf, winning races at 1 ½ mile and then 1 5/16 miles during Kentucky Downs’s short meet for trainer Steve Asmussen. In February, he resurfaced in California under Sadler’s care and has since competed exclusively on dirt, winning three of five starts including the Grade 3 Tokyo City Cup Stakes in April at Santa Anita and the Cougar II Handicap most recently on July 24 at Del Mar, both at 1 ½ mile. This horse is a grinding type who rates well back off of the pace and methodically makes his way through the homestretch picking off foes, and he’s a logical choice to hit the board if a fast pace develops in the Pacific Classic. Sadler picked up his first win in the Pacific Classic last year with eventual Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and champion Accelerate, and he’s also finished second twice and third twice from 12 starts. Jockey Rafael Bejarano has piloted Campaign in both of his stakes wins; he’s finished third twice in the Pacific Classic.


9. Mongolian Groom (20-1)

Jockey: Abel Cedillo

Trainer: Enebish Ganbat

Owner: Mongolian Stable

Career record: 13 starts – 2 wins – 2 seconds – 2 thirds

Career earnings: $249,141

Earnings per start: $19,165

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 114

Pedigree: Hightail – Bourbonesque, by Dynaformer

Colour: Dark bay or brown

Age: 4

Notable achievements and interesting facts: If this workmanlike gelding runs back to his most recent start, he’ll have a chance to spice up the exotic ticket payoffs in the Pacific Classic. Mongolian Groom came up a length short to odds-on favourite Catalina Cruiser in the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap July 20, Del Mar’s prep race for the Pacific Classic, but kept churning through the stretch in a game effort. Four starts prior to the San Diego, he finished third behind Gift Box and McKinzie at odds of 53.50-1 in the Santa Anita Handicap Presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino. He usually can be counted on to make up ground in the stretch with a sustained rally, and his only throw-out race through his prior nine starts came this past June when he unsuccessfully tried turf. As such, Mongolian Groom is a must-use in trifecta and superfecta tickets on Saturday, but his win chances are very slim against accomplished graded stakes opponents such as Seeking the Soul, Quip, Pavel, and others. Abel Cedillo retains the mount after his good ride on Mongolian Groom in the San Diego. He is seeking his first win in the Pacific Classic, as is trainer Enebish Ganbat and owner Mongolian Stable, who memorably won the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint in 2015 with Mongolian Saturday.

10. Draft Pick (20-1)

Jockey: Joe Talamo

Trainer: Peter Eurton

Owner: C R K Stable

Career record: 11 starts – 3 wins – 2 seconds – 3 thirds

Career earnings: $307,480

Earnings per start: $27,953

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 112

Pedigree: Candy Ride – Firehouse Red, by Arch

Colour: Bay

Age: 4

Notable achievements and interesting facts: This son of 2003 Pacific Classic winner and track-record setter Candy Ride has returned in good form for his two starts this year. After a 10-month break, he won fresh off the bench by a neck in a one-mile allowance-optional claiming race at Santa Anita in June and then ran a solid third behind top-class Catalina Cruiser in the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap, pressing that foe through the backstretch and far turn before tiring a bit late to lose by 2 ¼ lengths. Draft Pick has not competed at 1 ¼ mile before but prefers route races and has a good press-pacing running style that will allow jockey Joe Talamo to put him in a good spot early. This colt has never finished worse than fourth in his 11 starts and earned a career-high Equibase Speed Figure in the San Diego Handicap. Two notes of concern: he’s only faced three other opponents in each of his two starts this year, and in Quip and Tenfold, he’ll be squaring off against two stakes-winning East Coast shippers who also share the same running style. Talamo is winless in seven prior Pacific Classic starts, and this will be trainer Peter Eurton’s first starter in Del Mar’s signature race. Lee and Susan Searing’s C R K Stable finished second in the 2013 Pacific Classic with Kettle Corn.



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This week’s races:

Saturday Thoroughbreds Randwick R1-4

Saturday Thoroughbreds Flemington R1-4

Saturday Thoroughbreds Curragh (IRE) R1 & R2

Saturday Greyhounds The Meadows R1-4

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(In order of start time)

TE RAPA 1 5 It’s A Wonder
TE RAPA 2 6 Ooee
TE RAPA 3 5 Roc Cha
MOE 1 5 Varenius
RANDWICK 1 3 Mandela*
EAGLE FARM 1 9 Sienna Rose
KEMBLA GRANGE 1 2 Grand Eagle
EAGLE FARM 3 7 No Money No Honey
KEMBLA GRANGE 3 8 Emeralds*
GOLD COAST 2 5 Prince Duporth
MOE 4 7 Be Amazing
GOLD COAST 3 6 Liliero
TE RAPA 8 1 Tweedledee
MORPHETTVILLE 4 1 Cafe Tortoni
RANDWICK 6 11 Ulusaba
TE RAPA 9 7 The Heiress
DARWIN 2 3 Dawn Raid
KEMBLA GRANGE 6 11 Islands
RANDWICK 7 1 Gresham
DARWIN 3 2 Smuggling
BELMONT 2 4 Battle Storm
KEMBLA GRANGE 7 2 Atomic Sunrise*
CARNARVON 2 1 Faralon
BELMONT 4 4 Mystery Miss*
FLEMINGTON 9 11 Usain Bowler
CARNARVON 3 3 Vital Boom
BELMONT 5 13 Zaratite
DARWIN 6 7 Poet’s Landing*
TOOWOOMBA 2 3 Coco Monsieur
TOOWOOMBA 4 11 Mykiss Froma Rose
TOOWOOMBA 5 4 Alloraine

2019 Durban July: Preview – Odds – Special Win Bet Tips

Vodacom Durban July 2019
Grade 1 – 2200m – R4.25 Million
Greyville – Saturday 6th July 2019 – Race 7
No Dr Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
1 (10) Do It Again 9/2 R Fourie J Snaith
2 (4) Rainbow Bridge 6/1 G Lerena E Sands
3 (19) Head Honcho 25/1 K de Melo A Nel
4 (3) Hawwaam 2/1 A Marcus M de Kock
5 (7) Legal Eagle 20/1 L Hewitson S Tarry
6 (17) Twist Of Fate 16/1 N Juglall J Ramsden
7 (9) Lady In Black 25/1 S Veale D Drier
8 (6) Barahin 7/1 M Yeni M de Kock
9 (16) Divine Odyssey 40/1 C Habib J Janse van Vuuren
10 (1) Tilbury Fort 40/1 R Danielson S Tarry
11 (18) Eyes Wide Open 14/1 W Kennedy G Kotzen
12 (11) Made To Conquer  16/1 M Khan J Snaith
13 (15) Roy Had Enough 33/1 M V’Rensburg F Robinson
14 (12) Doublemint 20/1 C Orffer J Snaith
15 (8) Magnificent Seven SCR *L J Ferrais J Snaith
16 (2) Return Flight 40/1 R Munger S Tarry
17 (13) Fresnaye 75/1 G Cheyne J Ramsden
18 (5) Miyabi Gold 66/1 S Khumalo J Snaith
19 (14) Camphoratus 100/1 G Wright R A / S R Hill
20 (20) Zillzaal SCR Reserve 2 S Tarry

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*MAGNIFICENT SEVEN has been scratched from the Vodacom Durban July by trainer Justin Snaith. Lame near fore. CAMPHORATUS, drawn 19, is now a runner and will be ridden by Gareth Wright.
**ZILZAAL reserve runner status in the Vodacom Durban July lapsed at 08h15 today. He will now take his place in the 3rd race at Hollywoodbets Greyville on July day.

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The top horses in the betting for the 2019 Vodacom Durban July drew well when the final field for the R4.25-million.

Africa’s greatest racing event will be run over 2,200m at Greyville in Durban and the annual betting frenzy on the iconic race will now move into top gear heading the betting splurge across Southern Africa that will see more than R200 million being wagered on a special day.

There were no real surprises among the 18 horses named to contest the race and the inclusion of the Frank Robinson-trained Australian-bred colt Roy Had Enough was expected after his impressive victory in the Grade 3 Track & Ball Derby at Scottsville on Saturday. However, having made the final field, he did not fare well when it came to the draw and he will have to jump from at best the 14 barrier position.

Justin Snaith, who has five runners in the race, showed satisfaction with the 10 draw position for defending Vodacom Durban July champion Do It Again when he personally did the draw for his runners with the other four members of his team set to start from positions 5 for Miyabi Gold, 8 for Magnificent Seven, 11 for Made To Conquer and 12 for Doublemint.

Mike de Kock, who will saddle favourite Hawwaam, drew three for his star performer and big race favourite and six for his other three-year-old colt Barahin while Joey Ramsden was physically unimpressed with the 13 and 17 draws which he made for his two runners Fresnaye and Twist Of Fate.

Sean Tarry pulled top draws for three of his four horses with Tilbury Fort to jump from the inside pen with stable companion Return Flight alongside him. The seven-year-old Legal Eagle.





The Field


1) Do It Again – 4/1

Jockey: Richard Fourie
Trainer: Justin Snaith
Owner: Messrs N Jonsson, B Kantor & Late W J C Mitchell
Colours: Yellow, royal blue epaulettes, yellow sleeves and cap

Breeder: Northfields Stud (Pty) Ltd
Sire: Twice Over (GB)
Dam: Sweet Virginia by Casey Tibbs (IRE)

Age: 4
Colour: Bay
Sex: Gelding
MR: 125

Weight: 60kg
Draw: 10 (20)

Career Record: 12 runs, 6 wins, 4 places
Stakes Won: R 5,910,000

Runs at Greyville: 4 (3 Wins)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 1 (1 Win)

Notable Runs:
1st in the 2019 Rising Sun Gold Challenge (Gr 1) – 1600m
2nd in the 2019 Sun Met (Gr 1) – 2000m
1st in the 2019 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (Gr 1) – 1600m
3rd in the 2018 Green Point Stakes (Gr 2) – 1600m
1st in the 2018 Vodacom Durban July (Gr 1) – 2200m
1st in the 2018 KZN Daisy Guineas (Gr 2) – 1600m
2nd in the 2018 Investec Cape Derby (Gr 2) – 1600m

Trainer Comments:

Justi Snaith: “Do it Again floated down the straight in his gallop and Richard Fourie is over-the-moon with his preparation, it could take more than top weight to stop this train.”

Jockey Comments – Richard Fourie

Snaith stable jockey Richard Fourie partners defending champion Do It Again and the pair had many horseracing enthusiasts impressed recently at the  July  Gallops.  He has won 3 of his 4 starts at  Greyville and despite giving weight to the field, has a strong chance of making it back-to-back Ju-  lys. Richard Fourie was luckily enough to be promoted to first in this race aboard Legislate in 2014, but he surely has the potential of winning multiple Julys and was happy to comment about his mount when saying:

“His prep has gone very smoothly and is in a great space. His gallop was not hard at all as he was just there to say hello to the public and show off his condition.”

“My big dangers are Hawwaam, Rainbow Bridge and Doublemint could be a dark horse. My best ride on the day is Oh Susanna”. Other notable rides include Elusive Silva, Strathdon and the unbeaten Miss Florida.

Winning Form – Magic Tips Comment:
The reigning champion DO IT AGAIN returns to defend his crown and will attempt a feat that only Campanajo and El Picha could complete in the history of this extraordinary race. The son of Twice Over had a super-impressive three-year-old campaign but has continued to improve as a four-year-old and as such is the highest rated horse in the country. The Snaith trained inmate did not have things easy from a wide draw last year and he won’t again carrying top weight, but his class could prevail in this contest. Stable jockey Richard Fourie sticks with the ride and the two have struck up a potent partnership having won the Queen’s Plate and Rising Sun Gold Challenge.

Verdict: Eye-catching winner in comeback run and last years winner of this race.

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2) Rainbow Bridge – 6/1

Jockey: Gavin Lerena
Trainer: Eric Sandes
Owner: Mr & Mrs M L P Rattray
Colours: Red and white quartered, red sleeves, quartered cap

Breeder: Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein
Sire:  Ideal World (USA)
Dam: Halfway To Heaven by Jet Master

Age: 4
Colour: Bay
Sex: Gelding
MR: 124

Weight: 59.5kg
Draw: 4 (20)

Career Record: 10 runs, 6 wins, 3 places
Stakes Won: R 3,832,500

Runs at Greyville: 2 (2 Places)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 0

Notable Runs:
3rd in the 2019 Rising Sun Gold Challenge (Gr 1) – 1600m
2nd in the 2019 Drill Hall Stakes (Gr 2) – 1400m
1st in the 2019 Sun Met (Gr 1) – 2000m
3rd in the 2019 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (Gr 1) – 1600m
1st in the 2018 Matchem Stakes (Gr 3) – 1400m
1st in the 2018 Winter Classic (Gr 3) – 1800m
1st in the 2018 Winter Guineas (Gr 3) – 1600m

Trainer Comments:

An experienced horseman and man with a serious affection for the game trainer Eric Sands sounded quietly confident when commenting on Met Winner, Rainbow Bridge “His prep has gone very well, maybe even better than his prep for the Met. He took his gallop well and also recorded a decent time. The dangers on paper look to be Hawwaam and Do It Again but even a dark horse like Barahin could pop up to surprise this year. Rainbow Bridge is my only runner on the day”.

Jockey Comments:
On his recent gallop:
“Obviously I’m very happy with him,” said Lerena. “He put up a nice workout, he’s moving really well.  He’s in a good space and I’m looking forward to next week.

“We just wanted to put a bit of speed into him and he really turned it on in a matter of strides.”

Winning Form – Magic Tips Comment:
RAINBOW BRIDGE, makes his third-course appearance in the province this term. After dominating the winter season as a three-year-old in the Cape last year, he has handled the step up to this class in fine fashion and his presence near the top of the betting boards is certainly warranted. He beat the reigning Vodacom Durban July champion in the Sun Met at level weights, earlier this year and steps up an extra furlong for his first attempt at July glory. The half-brother to the early race favourite (Hawwaam) will be looking to put his recent questionable luck in running behind him, having found late traffic in both of his last two starts and he now gets the services of Gavin Lerena in the irons. He is one of the best big race riders around and will be looking to add a victory in this race, to his ever-increasing list of career triumphs.

Verdict: Found traffic in latest behind Do It Again. Drawn well. Chance.


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3) Head Honcho – 25/1

Jockey: Keegan de Melo
Trainer: Andre Nel
Owner: Mrs S Plattner
Colours: Grass green, indigo horseshoe, gold trim, indigo collar, sleeves, and cap, grass green cuffs and peak

Breeder: La Plaisance Stud
Sire: Querari (GER)
Dam: School Captain by Captain Al

Age: 5
Colour: Bay
Sex: Gelding
MR: 122

Weight: 58.5kg
Draw: 19 (20)

Career Record: 19 runs, 8 wins, 5 places
Stakes Won: R 1,575,125

Runs at Greyville: 6 (2 Wins, 1 Place)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 1 (1 Win)

Notable Runs:
3rd in the 2019 Sun Met  (Gr 1) – 2000m
1st in the 2018 WSB Premier Trophy (Gr 2) – 1800m
1st in the 2018 Betting World 2200 (Gr 3) – 2200m
1st in the 2018 Sledgehammer (Listed) – 1800m

Trainer Comments:

Coming soon.

Jockey Comments – Keagan De Melo
Young top jockey Keagan De Melo rides an impressive frontrunner in this year’s Durban July and he didn’t seem to think everything was all cut and dried, despite the top three attracting major support in the betting market. His charge has not drawn ideally, but he still seemed optimistic when making “His prep has been good, he had a run over too short a distance last time, but that sharpened him up nicely. He recovered well after the gallop and has a spring in his step, which is always a good sign. Do It Again and Rainbow bridge look like the ones to beat, but I still feel it is a highly competitive field. I’m looking forward to the ‘big one’ but African Warrior could possibly be my best ride on the day”. Other notable rides include Dark Moon Rising in the July consolation and the speedy Goliath Heron.

Winning Form – Magic Tips Comment:
The Durban July is notorious for an honest pace and this year HEAD HONCHO could look to positively dictate as he did so in this year’s Met. His game front-running tactics could be utilised well on a tight Greyville circuit and he has struck up a decent partnership with Keagan De Melo. The 5-year-old son of Querari also interestingly won the July Consolation last year when he hit the front at the 1000m marker and couldn’t be caught in the latter stages. His conditioner will have him fit despite having only had one run since that gallant Met effort and must be respected.

Verdict: In solid form, but draw a big concern.

Hollywoodbets Comments:
This eight-time winning five-year-old will attempt to register a third consecutive July day triumph on Saturday. He showed his class by justifying hotpot favouritism in the Mumm Stakes on July day in 2017, despite the fact jockey Anton Marcus dropped the crop at the 400m marker. On last year’s July day, he won the Grade 3 Betting World 2200. This year, Head Honcho is in the big one – the R4.25-million Vodacom Durban July over 2200m and with the same jockey, Keagan de Melo, aboard.


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4) Hawwaam – 2/1

Jockey: Anton Marcus
Trainer: Mike de Kock
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum
Colours: Blue, white epaulettes, striped cap

Breeder: Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein
Sire:  Silvano (GER)
Dam: Halfway To Heaven by Jet Master

Age: 3
Colour: Bay
Sex: Colt
MR: 121

Weight: 56.0kg
Draw: 3 (20)

Career Record: 7 runs, 6 wins, 1 places
Stakes Won: R 5,628,125

Runs at Greyville: 1 (1 Win)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 0

Notable Runs:
1st in the 2019 Daily News 2000 (Gr 1) – 2000m
1st in the 2019 Premier’s Champions Challenge (Gr 1) – 2000m
1st in the 2019 SA Classic (Gr 1) – 1800m
2nd in the 2019 Gauteng Guineas (Gr 2) – 1600m
1st in the 2019 Tony Ruffel Stakes (Gr 3) – 1400m
1st in the 2019 Dingaans (Gr 2) – 1600m

Trainer Comments:

VODACOM Durban July favourite Hawwaam worked alongside his stablemate Soqrat at the public gallops staged at Greyville Thursday morning and Mike de Kock was pleased with his runner’s showing.

Mike, whose four July winners all won at 3 years of age, told Turf Talk: “That was a good gallop next to Soqrat, who is no slouch. Hawwaam has come through his preparation very well, he is sound and we’re happy with him going into the last few days before the race.”

Assistant trainer Matthew De Kock aspires to follow in the footsteps of his father. He spoke on behalf of Mike De Kock about the stables two runners Hawwaam and Barahin in the big race. He reported:

“We are happy with the preparation of both runners and that they have come out of their July gallops well. I consider Rainbow Bridge and Do It Again the two horses we have to beat. The race-day is very competitive and it is difficult to single out one in particular”.

Jockey Comments – Anton Marcus:
Famous jockey Anton Marcus is notorious for having success on this massive race-day and he was the true professional when commenting on his ride on the highly fancied Hawwaam, when remarking:

“His prep including his gallop has gone very well. The July is a handicap which in theory gives every horse a chance but I have the utmost respect for the top two rated horses in the country.”

His other significant rides on the day include True To Life in the Golden Slipper Grade 2 and Front And Centre in the Garden Province Stakes Grade 1.

Winning Form – Magic Tips Comment:
The ruling favourite HAWWAAM is justifiably at the top of the betting boards having won six out of his seven starts to date. His only defeat came in the Gauteng Guineas where he over-raced early and then found himself hopefully placed turning into the straight. He did run on well in the closing stages, but had too much to do and had to settle for second spot. He redeemed himself in no uncertain terms in his next two runs on the Highveld, the first being in the SA Classic over 1800M and then the Premiers Champion Challenge over 2000M, where he beat older horses for the first time. He then travelled down to Greyville for his latest start and won the Daily News 2000, beating July hopeful Twist Of Fate, in the process. He starts from gate three and Anton Marcus retains the ride.

Verdict: Rates the one to beat on impeccable form shown thus far.


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5) Legal Eagle – 20/1

Jockey: Lyle Hewitson
Trainer: Sean Tarry
Owner: Messrs William Henderson, F H McGrath & A J van Huyssteen
Colours: Dayglo yellow, purple spots

Breeder: Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm
Sire: Greys Inn (USA)
Dam: Young Sensation by National Emblem

Age: 7
Colour: Bay
Sex: Gelding
MR: 115

Weight: 55kg
Draw: 7 (20)

Career Record: 31 runs, 15 wins, 7 places
Stakes Won: R 12,239,625

Runs at Greyville: 1
Runs at 2200m Distance: 1

Notable Runs:
1st in the 2018 Green Point Stakes (Gr2) – 1600m
1st in the 2018 Horse Chestnut Stakes (Gr1) – 1600m
1st in the 2018 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (Gr1) – 1600m
1st in the 2017 Green Point Stakes (Gr2) – 1600m
2nd in the 2017 Premier’s Champions Challenge (Gr1) – 2000m
1st in the 2017 Horse Chestnut Stakes (Gr1) – 1600m
2nd in the 2017 Sun Met (Gr1) – 2000m
1st in the 2017 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (Gr1) – 1600m
1st in the 2016 Green Point Stakes (Gr2) – 1600m
1st in the 2016 Premier’s Champions Challenge (Gr1) – 2000m
1st in the 2016 Horse Chestnut Stakes (Gr1) – 1600m
2nd in the 2016 Sun Met (Gr1) – 2000m
1st in the 2016 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (Gr1) – 1600m
1st in the 2015 Jubilee Handicap (Gr3) – 1800m
1st in the 2015 SA Derby (Gr1) – 2450m

Trainer Comments:

Coming soon.

Jockey Comments – Lyle Hewitson
Extraordinary young talent Lyle Hewitson climbs aboard the oldest horse in the race Legal Eagle who wasn’t disgraced as a three-year-old in the Durban July 2015, when not far behind Power King. That run was interestingly his sole run on the Greyville circuit. His title-chasing rider has nerves of steel though and will have learned heaps from his previous two rides in this race on French Navy and Tilbury Fort. He mentioned “Legal Eagle has had a good prep at home, he is doing well and we are happy with where he is going into the big race. He enjoyed his gallop and pulled up well. The top three in the betting are really hard to oppose and it is difficult to single out my best ride as it’s all about how races unfold and luck in running always play a part on a big race-day”. Other notable rides include  Flichity  By Farr, Caviar, Eden Roc and the classy Celtic Sea.

Winning Form – Magic Tips Comment:
Duel SA Horse of the Year winner, LEGAL EAGLE has had 31 runs for 15 wins and 10 places. Regarded as one of the best milers this country has ever produced, he won the Queens Plate three years in a row. He has run second in the Met on two occasions, as well as close up fourth and fifth place finishes in the last two years. He finished 2.5 lengths behind Power King in this race in 2015. Current SA champion jockey Lyle Hewitson has elected to take the ride and Sean Tarry will be hoping to train his third July winner. Now rising eight, this may be his last chance to win this prestigious event.

Verdict: Improved draw. Must find earlier form. Trip a concern.


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6) Twist Of Fate – 14/1

Jockey: Nooresh Juglall
Trainer: Joey Ramsden
Owner: River Palace Racing Syndicate
Colours: Black and gold diagonal stripes, white sleeves, white and gold striped cap

Breeder: Favour Stud
Sire: Master Of My Fate
Dam: Crescent Lily by Counter Action

Age: 3
Colour: Bay
Sex: Colt
MR: 117

Weight: 54kg
Draw: 17 (20)

Career Record: 14 runs, 6 wins, 6 places
Stakes Won: R 2,612,850

Runs at Greyville: 3 (1 Win, 2 Places)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 0

Notable Runs:
2nd in the 2019 Daily News 2000 (Gr1) – 2000m
1st in the 2019 KRA Guineas (Gr2) – 1600m
1st in the 2019 Politician Stakes (Gr3) – 1800m
2nd in the 2018 Cape Guineas (Gr1) – 1600m
3rd in the 2018 Concorde Cup (Gr2) – 1600m
1st in the 2018 Cape Classic (Gr3) – 1400m
3rd in the 2018 Premier’s Champions Stakes (Gr1) – 1600m

Trainer Comments:

Joey Ramsden: “He is doing good, doing brilliant in fact. He has worked very well.”

So what chance does he give the 12-1 shot on Saturday? “Not as good a chance as I gave him before last Tuesday,” is the immediate and unsmiling reply. His disgust at being landed with a 17 draw was pretty evident at the Gateway function and seemingly nothing has changed since.

“The trouble is that you are not in charge of your own destiny with a draw like that,” he explains. “If those drawn low decide not to make use of their draws then you have got a chance. But, if they do take advantage, your outside draw automatically becomes a huge handicap.”

Winning Form – Magic Tips Comment:
TWIST OF FATE is a classy three-year-old who will benefit from the age allowance. The Ramsden trained three year old looks well handicapped despite having not been tested against the older troops as yet. The son of Master Of My Fate has been a revelation for his connections having only been sold for R20 000 as a yearling and has gone on to win major races such as the Grade 3 Cape Classic and Grade 2 KZN Guineas in fine style. His record suggests he is suited to the Greyville circuit but will have to find more to reverse his recent runner-up berth behind this year’s strongly-fancied favourite Hawwaam.

Verdict: Solid form & 2kg better off with Hawwaam (favourite) on last run.

Hollywoodbets Comment:
The Conglomerate was drawn 20 and started at 20-1 when he won for Ramsden three years ago – an occasion that the trainer described at the time as “the best day of my life”. Had Ramsden given him much chance considering the draw? ”Yea, I did,” he recalls. “You always go there with a bit of hope.”


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7) Lady In Black – 50/1

Jockey: Sean Veale
Trainer: Dennis Drier
Owner: Drakenstein Stud (Nom: Mrs G A Rupert) & Late Mr W J C Mitchell
Colours: White, black spots and sleeves, white cap

Breeder: Mr W J Engelbrecht (Jnr)
Sire: Dynasty
Dam: Mystery Dame by Jet Master

Age: 4
Colour: Bay
Sex: Filly
MR: 112

Weight: 53.5kg
Draw: 9 (20)

Career Record: 14 runs, 5 wins, 4 places
Stakes Won: R 1,596,875

Runs at Greyville: 6 (2 Wins, 1 Places)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 0

Notable Runs:
2nd in the 2019 Majorca Stakes (Gr1) – 1600m
2nd in the 2019 Paddock Stakes (Gr1) – 1800m
3rd in the 2018 Woolavington 2000 (Gr1) – 2000m
1st in the 2018 Umzimkhulu Stakes (Gr3) – 1400m
2nd in the 2018 Paddock Stakes (Gr1) – 1800m
1st in the 2017 Thekwini Stakes (Gr1) – 1600m

Trainer Comments:

Coming soon.

Winning Form – Magic Tips Comment:
LADY IN BLACK is the progeny of an ex-champion of the Durban July in Dynasty and this versatile, four-year-old filly hasn’t disgraced herself in mixed company recently having finished just behind them in the Drill Hall Stakes. She also had to, unfortunately, ease in the Rising Sun Gold Challenge as a result of race inconvenience in the latter stages. The Drier filly has a creditable victory over superstar Oh Susanna albeit in a Pinnacle Stakes. The Drier camp will fancy their chances in this prestigious race where the fairer sex does seem to feature from time to time. This well-bred daughter of Dynasty could be nice value to punters as she is currently at 50/1.

Verdict: Smart filly in fair form & 4kgs better off with DO IT AGAIN on last run.

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8) Barahin – 13/2

Jockey: Muzi Yeni
Trainer: Mike de Kock
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum
Colours: Blue, white epaulettes, blue and white striped cap

Breeder: Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein
Sire: Gimmethegreenlight (AUS)
Dam: Mocha Special by Silvano (GER)

Age: 3
Colour: Bay
Sex: Colt
MR: 112

Weight: 53kg
Draw: 6 (20)

Career Record: 7 runs, 4 wins, 2 places
Stakes Won: R 1,189,875

Runs at Greyville: 2 (2 Wins)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 0

Notable Runs:
1st in the Jubilee Handicap (Gr 3) – 1800m
2nd in the SA Classic (Gr 1) – 1800m
3rd in the Gauteng Guineas (Gr 2) – 1600m
1st in the Golden Horseshoe (Gr 2) – 1400m

Trainer Comments:

Barahin has been at Randjesfontein where his own preparation has gone according to plane. Mike said: “This is the best we’ve had him before a race, he was always underdone when previously facing Hawwaam and I reckon it will be a lot closer between them this time.

“Barahin gets 3kg from Hawwaam, and he may also still be a few pounds under-rated so at the weights I’d say he is the horse to beat. He will be travelling to Durban next Friday.”

Jockey Comments:
National log-leading jockey Muzi Yeni was pleased with Barahin’s draw and commented: “Six is a very good draw and I appreciate getting it, particularly as I am drawn among the fancied horses like Rainbow Bridge (4) and Hawwaam (3) while I have Richard Fourie on Do It Again on my outside at ten.”

Winning Form – Magic Tips Comment:
BARAHIN is the stable companion to the early ‘board topping’, Hawwaam. The highly regarded son of Gimmethegreenlight, tasted victory on this day last year as a two-year-old. On that occasion, he won the Gr2 Golden Horseshoe, beating another hugely successful Mike De Kock inmate in the form of Soqrat. Unbeaten in his two career starts at this course, he now steps up to an unfamiliar distance of 2200m which will be his biggest test of stamina yet. Beaten by Hawwaam in his penultimate start, he now gets the luxury of a favourable 3kg swing at the weights for that 5,75-length beating and one could easily argue that he was a run short of his best on that occasion. One thing is certain, his conditioner will have him cherry ripe for this run and he has to be a considered a big contender. With Winning Form sponsored Muzi Yeni chasing the Jockey Championship title this year, a win here would surely be the cherry on the top to what can be considered a remarkable effort this season.

Verdict: Unbeaten in 2 starts this course. Best MR 108. Steps up in trip. Include on good penultimate run.


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9) Divine Odyssey – 66/1

Jockey: Calvin Habib
Trainer: Johan Janse van Vuuren
Owner: Messrs J F & L M F Wernars, B R Binnie, C Gordon, Estate Late Mr M C Gerber & Janse van Vuuren Racing (Pty) Ltd
Colours: White, black fleur de lys, red sleeves, black collar and cuffs, black and white striped cap

Breeder: Mr L M F Wernars
Sire: Oratorio (IRE)
Dam: Divine Right by Dynasty

Age: 4
Colour: Bay
Sex: Gelding
MR: 111

Weight: 53kg
Draw: 16 (20)

Career Record: 17 runs, 5 wins, 5 places
Stakes Won: R 1,016,825

Runs at Greyville: 1 (1 Place)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 1 (1 Place)

Notable Runs:
3rd in the 2019 Premier’s Champions Challenge (Gr1) – 2000m
1st in the 2019 Colorado King’s Stakes (Gr2) – 2000m
1st in the 2019 Drum Star Handicap (Listed) – 1800m

Trainer Comments:

Coming soon.

Winning Form – Magic Tips Comment:
DIVINE ODYSSEY won the Drum Star Handicap (Listed) over 1800M and followed that up with a win in the Colorado King over 2000M, both races being at Turffontein. He then finished third to Hawwaam in the Premiers Champion Challenge over 2000M, beaten 4.25 lengths. He carried 60kgs that day as opposed to the 57.5kgs that Hawwaam carried. In the big one he is set to carry 53kgs as opposed to the 56kgs allocated to Hawwaam, so is 5.5kgs better off at the weights with the favourite. He has a poor draw to overcome which is not ideal and his regular pilot, Calvin Habib, is having his first ride in this race.

Verdict: Too short last time. Include on good penultimate behind Hawwaam.


10) Tilbury Fort – 40/1

Jockey: Raymond Danielson
Trainer: Sean Tarry
Owner: Messrs M A Currie, W H Jacobs, S Mathen, E C Van Niekerk, Craig Zoghby, Sean Tarry Racing C.C. (Nom : Mr S G Tarry) & Mrs B M A Lahoud
Colours: Black and yellow halved diagonally, yellow sleeves, black cuffs, yellow cap

Breeder: Mr G J Armitage
Sire: Horse Chestnut
Dam: Colleen by Restructure (IRE)

Age: 5
Colour: Bay
Sex: Gelding
MR: 110

Weight: 53kg
Draw: 1 (20)

Career Record: 26 runs, 6 wins, 7 places
Stakes Won: R 2,210,700

Runs at Greyville: 3 (1 Place)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 2 (0 places)

Notable Runs:
1st in the 2018 Gauteng Summer Cup (Gr1) – 2000m
2nd in the 2018 Emperors Palace Charity Mile (Gr2) – 1600m
2nd in the 2018 Jubilee Handicap (Gr3) – 1800m
2nd in the 2017 Greyville 1900 (Gr2) – 1900m
2nd in the 2017 Secretariat Stakes – 1400m

Trainer Comments:

Coming soon.

Jockey Comments – Raymond Danielson
Big race-rider Raymond Danielson has a knack of popping up in Graded events and he jumps aboard Summer Cup winner Tilbury Fort who has a gallant stride. He rides for a master conditioner in Sean Tarry and although this horse may be better suited to Turffontein Racecourse,  he could be upset potential in a race of this nature. Raymond commented “Mr Tarry is a perfectionist at prepping his horses for the big occasion and I am confident he will be sound coming into the race. He had a nice and easy gallop and took it very well. My best ride on the day could possibly be Captain And Master if he stays 2200m”.

Winning Form – Magic Tips Comment:
The 5yr old colt TILBURY FORT has cracked pole position and is the second of three, possibly four runners, from the Sean Tarry yard. He finished well to win the Summer Cup over 2000M in early December last year. After a win in a Pinnacle Stakes race over seven furlongs, he followed that with a fourth-place finish behind Soqrat in the Horse Chestnut over a mile. He was somewhat disappointing when finishing 16 lengths behind Hawwaam in the Premiers Champion Challenge over 2000M. He is 5.5kgs better off at the weights with Hawwaam on that run, but whether that will be enough for him to turn the table with the favourite remains to be seen.

Verdict: Moderate recently, and held by Hawwaam on penultimate run


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11) Eyes Wide Open – 12/1

Jockey: Warren Kennedy
Trainer: Glen Kotzen
Owner: Chrigor Stud (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Mrs S Hattingh)
Colours: Yellow and royal blue checked diamonds, red sleeves and cap, royal blue diamond

Breeder: Highlands Farms Stud (Pty) Ltd
Sire: Dynasty
Dam: Live Your Dreams by Jallad (USA)

Age: 4
Colour: Bay
Sex: Colt
MR: 109

Weight: 53kg
Draw: 18 (20)

Career Record: 17 runs, 5 wins, 4 places
Stakes Won: R 1,972,125

Runs at Greyville: 5 (2 Wins, 2 Places)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 0

Notable Runs:
2nd in the 2019 Cup Trial (Gr3) – 1800m
1st in the 2019 WSB Greyville 1900 (Gr2) – 1900m
3rd in the 2018 WSB Premier Trophy (Gr2) – 1800m
3rd in the 2018 WSB Champions Cup (Gr1) – 1800m
1st in the 2018 Investec Cape Derby (Gr1) – 2000m
1st in the 2018 Peninsula Handicap (Gr2) – 1800m
1st in the 2017 Premier’s Champion Stakes (Gr1) – 1600m

Trainer Comments:

Trainer Glen Kotzen will be on our panel to share his thoughts on an action-packed day full of racing. The outright gentleman trained the incredible Big City Life who won this race in 2009 and he was happy to share his comments with Winning Form’s racing analysts when sharing “Eyes Wide Open’s prep has been onward and upward since his arrival in KZN. He won the Greyville 1900 still needing the run. He thereafter featured in a slow run race in the Cup Trial where he was pulled out to go up and lead them, which isn’t his style of racing. He put up an incredible gallop, ears pricked and hard held throughout. We were delighted with his work. Hawwaam and Do It Again are horses to respect but they are both shouldering quite a bit of weight. Twist Of Fate could be a big runner and Master Jay is possibly my best runner on the day

Winning Form – Magic Tips Comment:
The Glen Kotzen trained EYES WIDE OPEN and son of 2003 Vodacom Durban July Champion Dynasty, lines up for the first time in this year’s return of KZN’s flagship thoroughbred contest. He is a dual Gr1 winner already, having notched up a win in the Premiers Champion Stakes (Gr1) as a two-year-old, followed by a scintillating win in the coveted Investec Cape Derby (Gr1) as a three-year-old. – beating last year’s Vodacom Durban July champion Do It Again, in the process. He appears to be his best in KZN and his recent return to form can also be attributed to KZN based big race rider, Warren Kennedy who retains the ride. He will have his work cut out from gate 18, but with a bit of luck in running looks to be plenty of value and is surely not without a chance. Having trained the 2009 winner Big City Life, the stable certainly knows what it takes.

Verdict: Drawn wide, but rates a ‘dark horse’ on recent form at this course.


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12) Made To Conquer – 16/1

Jockey: Mark Khan
Trainer: Justin Snaith
Owner: Messrs E A Braun, C T Crowe & N Jonsson
Colours: Cyclamen, spectrum green crossed sashes, white sleeves, cyclamen cap

Breeder: Mr M de Broglio
Sire: Dynasty
Dam: Festive Occasion by Casey Tibbs (IRE)

Age: 5
Colour: Bay
Sex: Gelding
MR: 108

Weight: 53kg
Draw: 11 (20)

Career Record: 17 runs, 6 wins, 5 places
Stakes Won: R 1,475,000

Runs at Greyville: 5 (1 Win, 2 Places)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 1 (1 Place)

Notable Runs:
3rd in the 2019 WSB Greyville 1900 (Gr2) – 1900m
2nd in the 2018 WSB Premier Trophy (Gr2) – 1800m
2nd in the 2018 Vodacom Durban July (Gr1) – 2200m
1st in the 2018 Lonsdale Stirrup Cup (Gr3) – 2400m

Trainer Comments:

Coming soon.

Jockey Comments – Mark Khan
Veteran jockey Mark Khan has picked up the ride on the runner-up of this race last year Made To Conquer and the true professional was short and sweet when commenting “He has had an exceptional prep coming into this race and could possibly be my best ride on the day. Other notable rides include the proven Highveld stayer Ali Bon Dubai and the versatile Sniper Shot.

Winning Form – Magic Tips Comment:
The Runner-up of last year’s Durban July MADE TO CONQUER looks well handicapped considering he meets stablemate Do It Again on six kilograms better terms at the weights. He surprisingly carries the identical weight as he did in last year’s main event and his front-running tactics could be utilised effectively in a race where there is always an honest pace. This five-year-old Son of Dynasty has had a promising preparation, having placed in both of his feature comeback runs and also has a notable Lonsdale Cup victory to his credit which he earned last year. The experienced Mark Khan will be looking to add to his achievements as he still seeks the elusive touch of winning Africa’s Greatest Horserace.  

Verdict: 6kgs better off with DO IT AGAIN on this race last year. Respect.


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13) Roy Had Enough (AUS) – 66/1

Jockey: Marco van Rensburg
Trainer: Frank Robinson
Owner: Mr Roy Moodley
Colours: White, orange Maltese cross, emerald green sleeves, orange cap

Breeder: Hutchins Thoroughbreds, Qld
Sire: Pierro (AUS)
Dam: Queens Plaza (AUS) by Elusive Quality (USA)

Age: 4
Colour: Bay
Sex: Colt
MR: 108

Weight: 53kg
Draw: 15 (20)

Career Record: 24 runs, 6 wins, 7 places
Stakes Won: R 792,375

Runs at Greyville: 14 (3 Win, 3 Places)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 1 (0 Place)

Notable Runs:
1st in the 2019 Track and Ball KZN Derby (Gr3) – 2400m
2nd in the 2019 Sledgehammer (Listed) – 1800m (Poly)
2nd in the 2018 Michelmas Handicap (Listed) – 1900m
1st in the 2018 Darley Arabian (Listed) – 1600m (Poly)
1st in the 2017 Christmas Handicap (Listed) – 1600m

Trainer Comments:

Coming soon

Winning Form – Magic Tips Comment:
ROY HAD ENOUGH left it very late in booking his place in this year’s Vodacom Durban July to be run at Hollywoodbets Greyville by winning the Grade 3 Derby at Scottsville two weeks ago. He trailed the field for most of the way in that race but came storming home down the straight to win going away by 1.2 lengths. He did, however, finish 5 lengths behind Tilbury Fort in the Summer Cup over 2000m, but now faces his conqueror on 2kgs better terms. He can’t afford to be too far back when they turn into the short home straight, but that task won’t be made any easier from barrier gate 15.

Verdict: Good latest over further. Drawn wide and tougher here.


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14) Doublemint – 25/1

Jockey: C Orffer
Trainer: Justin Snaith
Owner: Mr A N & The Hon Mrs G R Foster
Colours: Scarlet, gold crossed sashes, scarlet sleeves with gold circle, gold cap

Breeder: Mr A N Foster
Sire: Twice Over (GB)
Dam: Nepeta (NZ) (by Tale Of The Cat (USA))

Age: 4
Colour: Chestnut
Sex: Colt
MR: 104

Weight: 53kg
Draw: 12 (20)

Career Record: 15 runs, 5 wins, 4 places
Stakes Won: R 807,750

Runs at Greyville: 2 (1 place)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 0

Notable Runs:
3rd in the 2019 Cup Trial (Gr 3) – 1800m
1st in the 2019 Peninsula Handicap (Gr 2) – 1800m
1st in the 2018 Winter Derby (Gr 3) – 2400m
3rd in the 2018 Winter Classic (Gr 3) – 1800m
3rd in the 2018 Winter Guineas (Gr 3) – 1600m
1st in the 2018 Politician Stakes (Gr 3) – 1800m

Trainer Comments:

Justin Snaith – A lot of horses are really well in and in saying that Doublemint, Made To Conquer and Magnificent Seven are all really doing well. I could not be happier. I think we have a helluva string for the Vodacom Durban July. They all get every bit of the 2200m, so there are no worries about whether they get the distance or whether they like Greyville. My team are at their best at Greyville. I’m very excited, can’t wait. A little bit of luck with the draws will certainly help and we have to get through the July gallops safely.” (Gold Circle)

Winning Form – Magic Tips Comment:
DOUBLE MINT represents a strong 4-way coupling from the Justin Snaith camp. Stamped by Twice Over, the same sire as reigning Vodacom Durban July champion and stable companion Do It Again and just as striking in appearance. He has had a very smooth prep and pundits may agree, he has yet to be overextended in both local appearances this season. He finished just behind Rainbow Bridge in the first two legs of the Winter Series in the Cape last year, giving the latter 1kg in the Winter Guineas (1600m) for a 1.75 length beating and at level weights in the Winter Classic (1800m) when beaten by 1.50 lengths, before winning the Winter Derby (2400m). He now faces the Eric Sands inmate with a 6.5kg favourable swing and on that alone, he will certainly have his followers. Big race rider Corne Orffer takes the mount this time around and he certainly won’t be disheartened by the gate 12 draw.

Verdict: Not stable elect but in solid recent form. Watch.


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15) Magnificent Seven – SCRATCHED


16) Return Flight – 33/1

Jockey: Ryan Munger
Trainer: Sean Tarry
Owner: Mr C J H van Niekerk
Colours: Royal blue, red spot, halved sleeves, royal blue cap

Breeder: Mr M Sharkey
Sire: Pomodoro
Dam: Heading Home by Special Preview

Age: 3
Colour: Bay
Sex: Filly
MR: 109

Weight: 52
Draw: 2 (20)

Career Record: 12 runs, 6 wins, 3 places
Stakes Won: R 2,256,975

Runs at Greyville: 2 (1 Win)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 0

Notable Runs:
1st in the 2019 Gerald Rosenberg Stakes (Gr2) – 2000m
1st in the 2019 SA Oaks (Gr2) – 2450m
1st in the 2019 SA Fillies Classic (Gr1) – 1800m
1st in the 2018 Thekwini Stakes (Gr1) – 1600m

Trainer Comments:

Coming soon.

Winning Form – Magic Tips Comment:
Progeny of a former winner in Pomodoro is featured in the years ‘big one’ with the Sean Tarry Trained trained RETURN FLIGHT who wasn’t disgraced in a Grade 1 last time. She failed to peg back a start to finish winner but perhaps things could have been different had she opted to lead. She dictated matters prominently in the Fillies Classic and also the Gerald Rosenberg Stakes against older horses. Her front-running tactics could be utilised effectively in a race where HEAD HONCHO and MADE TO CONQUER look the only dangers with regards to pace in the race. Interestingly, she is not the stable elect but her light weight will assist her to get to near the front of proceedings. A winner of 6 starts from 12 runs, this top 3 year-old filly has produced wonders for her connections having only cost R20 000.

Verdict: Takes on the boys, but in good form and could surprise.


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17) Fresnaye – 66/1

Jockey: Greg Cheyne
Trainer: Joey Ramsden
Owner: Drakenstein Stud (Nom: Mrs G A Rupert)
Colours: Blue, white square, blue sleeves and cap

Breeder: Drakenstein Stud
Sire:  Western Winter (USA)
Dam: Gulf Breeze (GB) by Dubai Destination (USA)

Age: 4
Colour: Bay
Sex: Filly
MR: 105

Weight: 52
Draw: 13 (20)

Career Record: 22 runs, 6 wins, 7 places
Stakes Won: R 967,900

Runs at Greyville: 2 (1 win)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 1 (1 win)

Notable Runs:
4th in the 2019 WSB Greyville 1900 (Gr2) – 1900m
4th in the 2019 Majorca Stakes (Gr1) – 1600m
4th in the 2019 Paddock Stakes (Gr1) – 1800m
1st in the 2018 Victress Stakes (Gr3) – 1800m
2nd in the 2018 Final Fling Stakes (Gr3) – 1800m

Trainer Comments:

Joey Ramsden: “She is probably back to her right trip. The July is a rough race and I have the human bowling ball Greg Cheyne on top so I have got the right man.”

Winning Form – Magic Tips Comment:
One of five fillies in the race, FRESNAYE represents the Joey Ramsden yard. She appears to have found her best form at the right time, since arriving in KZN and her connections’ expectations will be boosted by that impressive win last time out. That followed a smart return after a rest in her penultimate start, when finishing just behind Eye’s Wide Open in the WSB Greyville 1900m (Gr2).  Greg Cheyne steps up to take the ride this time and having won this race back in 2009 aboard Big City Life, he knows what it takes to land the big one and draw 13 shouldn’t dissuade her followers.

Verdict: Smart filly must be included on good penultimate behind EYES WIDE OPEN.


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18) Miyabi Gold – 66/1

Jockey: S’manga Khumalo
Trainer: Justin Snaith
Owner: Evanstan Investments (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Mr R D Hamilton) and Mr N Jonsson
Colours: Cyclamen, spectrum green crossed sashes, white sleeves, cyclamen cap

Breeder: Daytona Stud
Sire:  Silvano (GER)
Dam: Mkushi Gold by Western Winter (USA)

Age: 4
Colour: Bay
Sex: Filly
MR: 105

Weight: 52kg
Draw: 5 (20)

Career Record: 11 runs, 4 wins, 2 places
Stakes Won: R 578,750

Runs at Greyville: 4 (2 wins, 2 places)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 0

Notable Runs:
3rd in the 2019 East Coast Cup (Listed) – 2000m
1st in the 2019 Scarlet Lady (Listed) – 1750m
2nd in the 2018 Victress Stakes (Gr3) – 1800m
2nd in the 2018 Gold Bracelet (Gr2) – 2000m
4th in the 2018 Woolavington 2000 (Gr1) – 2000m

Trainer Comments:

Justin Snaith: “Miyabi Gold was held together nicely in her gallop as she has had two hard races coming into the July. She didn’t reveal much and will save her best for race-day.”

Winning Form – Magic Tips Comment:
MIYABI GOLD is the fourth runner from the Justin Snaith yard. She has only won four races in her career so far, but she is lightly raced, having had just the eleven outings. She signalled her potential when winning the Golden Bracelet over 2000M at this venue at the end of last season. Her next feature race success came when winning The Scarlet Lady (Listed) over 1750M at Scottsville in April. Her last start before going into the big one was in the Listed  East Coast Cup over 2000M at Hollywoodbets Greyville, where she finished third, just over a half a length behind Roy’s Riviera.

Verdict: Takes on the boys, but will need to do well to feature here.


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19) Camphoratus – 66/1

Jockey: Gareth Wright
Trainer: Robbie/Shannon Hill
Owner: Messrs L J Muir, S Manicom, G R Sadleir & Mr & Mrs Rob Pickering T/A Middlefield Stud
Colours: Blue and white stripes

Breeder: Mr and Mrs Rob Pickering T/A Middlefield Stud
Sire: Byword (GB)
Dam: Wild Camphor by Horse Chestnut

Age: 4
Colour: Chestnut
Sex: Filly
MR: 105

Weight: 52kg
Draw: 14 (20)

Career Record: 20 runs, 5 wins, 4 places
Stakes Won: R 1,110,575

Runs at Greyville: 6 (2 wins, 1 place)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 0

Notable Runs:
1st in the 2019 Empress Club Stakes (Gr1) – 1600m
2nd in the 2019 Jacaranda Handicap (Listed) – 1800m
1st in the 2018 Flamboyant Stakes (Gr3) – 1600m

Trainer Comments:

Coming soon.

Winning Form – Magic Tips Comment:
Trainers Robbie/Shannon Hill are fortunate to have snuck their entrant CAMPHORATUS into the Durban July with the scratching of MAGNIFICENT SEVEN coming into play. This daughter of Byword is a Grade 1 winner having won the Empress Club Stakes and wasn’t disgraced when she stayed on strongly in the WSB Greyville 1900 to only be beaten a length at the wire by EYES WIDE OPEN. Robbie Hill will have fond memories of having won this race on El Picha in 1999 and it is intriguing that their four-year-old filly is the stables only runner on the day.

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20) Zillzaal – SCRATCHED

ZILZAAL reserve runner status in the Vodacom Durban July lapsed at 08h15 on Friday. He will now take his place in the 3rd race at Hollywoodbets Greyville on July day.


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Jockey: Rachel King

Trainer: James Cummings


4-year-old Godolphin gelding with a terrific career record of 8 starts for 5 wins and 2 placings.

Godolphin has always had a big wrap on this horse ability wise, but he’s always been immature. Didn’t race until he was a 3-year-old but instead of throwing him into 3-year-old Group racing he was nursed through his grades, to help him mature without being tossed into the deep end.

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