2014 Durban July - Where can I bet on the race?

Over 8,000 bets per second will be processed on the Durban July as punters try and pick the winner of the 2014 race.

Many will be queuing up at the various tote outlets throughout the country, with long queues expected, but the real smart cookies (i.e. our readers) will be placing their bets online and well in advance. 

Of course, you still have to know where to bet and the online betting world can be a little intimidating for some, but let our experts guide you through the process and it'll be smooth sailing.

Nearly all online bookmakers will accept your July bets but we've scoured the net to bring you, in our honest opinion, the best places and where you can that little bit extra.

Indeed, you won't go far wrong by placing your bets with the below three bookmakers:


Register with the boys at Sportingbet in time for the big Greyville race and you could be betting on the action “risk free.” That's because the firm will refund your first qualifying bet with them if it's a loser, up to a maximum of R1500. 

Here's how it works:

  1. Go to Sportingbet and register 
  2. Place your first qualifying bet (this has to be at odds of 1/ 2 or bigger)
  3. If your bet wins, pat yourself on your back and enjoy spending your winnings!
  4. If it loses, you will get your stake back (up to R1500) as a free bet so you can try again!

Heads-Up - In addition to the above, you can also win a cool R1 million for predicting the first eight home in the Durban July. That's a big ask admittedly but the closest prediction still picks up R10,000 and it's free to enter!


The guys at bet365 deliver a top quality horse racing product and their deposit bonus allows you to try it out for yourself with minimal risk. There's a whopping R2000 up for grabs if you play your cards right and you could do some serious damage with that when it comes to betting on the big race.

Here's how to get yours:

  1. Go to bet365 and register
  2. Deposit at least R100
  3. They will then match your deposit with a bonus up to a maximum of R2000

Friendly advice - You will need to play through your deposit and bonus three times before making a withdrawal, so it may be worth depositing less than the maximum deposit bonus of R2000.


William Hill need little introduction as one of the UK's top bookmakers and they've got plenty to offer South African punters, not least their R375 welcome bonus. 

Here's how to snag yours:

  1. Go to William Hill and register using the promo code F25 - important if you want the maximum bonus!
  2. Place a bet on any sport
  3. They will then match this up to a value of R375

Worth knowing - William Hill offer fixed prices on all South African horse racing, not just the Durban July, and you can listen to live commentaries via their radio service.

We have a great relationship with all three of the above bookmakers so do let us know if you encounter any problems, as we may well be able to help out.

Good luck with your July bets!

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