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Durban July tips - Your expert guide to Saturday's famous race

Nick Wilby in Expert Tips 2 Jul 2015
All eyes will be on Greyville for the Durban July on Saturday.(Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Twenty horses have been declared for the Durban July at Greyville on Saturday 4th July and we have expert tips on the famous contest.

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A full field has been declared for the 2200 metre showpiece, with eighteen set to line up in the contest along with two horses in reserve.  It means that punters have a number of chances to choose from in an open renewal of the highlight and race fans look set to be treated to an ultra-competitive afternoon of action.

LEGAL EAGLE (15/8, SportingBet) heads the betting for the showpiece and it isn’t hard to see why he is so popular with punters all over the world.

The selection will line up in the highlight as easily the best weighted horse after he was raised to a rating of 120 after his facile success in the Group Three Jubilee Handicap over 1800m recently.

Legal Eagle wins a Derby trial



That was an ultra-impressive performance from the son of Greys Inn and it means he will be the best treated Durban July runner since merit ratings were introduced to South Africa in 1999.

He will run at Durban off an unaltered 54kg and although jockey Anton Marcus has warned fans not to get too carried away with his victory, the form would suggest that he is going to take some stopping.

The bookmakers initially trimmed Legal Eagle’s odds to 4/1 after his Jubilee run, but with so much money for the horse his odds have been slashed even further to 5/2.

Previous favourite Futura, who is rated the same as Legal Eagle but has to carry 60kg, is out to 4/1 with SportingBet and although the challenger has plenty in his favour, it looks like it would be foolish to take on the market leader.

Selection - LEGAL EAGLE (15/8, SportingBet)

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Durban July tips - Your expert guide to Saturday's famous race

Twenty horses have been declared for the Durban July at Greyville on Saturday 4th July and we have expert tips, the full field and the day's schedule ahead of the famous race.

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