2017 Durban July betting news - Al Sahem now sole favourite as Greyville gears up for big day

Al Sahem now leads the betting in the Durban July, South Africa's most famous horse race.

As Greyville prepares for their biggest day of the season, Al Sahem moves to the head of the betting with SportingBet for the 121st renewal of the Durban July.

The 121st renewal of the Durban July is just a day away and Greyville racecourse has been putting the finishing touches to their festival preparations. The Durban July is the most famous handicap in South Africa, with socialites, dignitaries and throngs of punters arriving at Greyville from provinces around the country to be part of the flat racing festivities.

As with many major flat racing festivals, fashion plays a huge part in the proceedings, with shows and exhibitions taking place on stages situated around the racecourse. However, it's the equine action on the track most attendees have come to enjoy and the headline contest on the 12-strong race card is the Durban July.

Millions of punters, both in South Africa and around the world, will be betting on the Durban July Handicap and it is thought the income from the festival alone will provide an injection off R260 million into the South African economy.

Neil Pretorius is a respected figure in South African horse racing and used to work on their most popular dedicated television channel, Tellytrack. He spoke to The Mercury on Thursday afternoon, giving casual punters a few pointers when betting on the Durban July.

"Novice "punters" are better off going with their lucky number or a name of the horse they fancy when making their foray into the world of horse betting at this year's Vodacom Durban July Race." Pretorius told the press.

“The more experienced people will know their horse and the trainer and would have followed them very closely, but those just starting will find it more difficult to pick their horses,”

Pretorius also highlighted a few horses that those in-the-know will be keeping a close eye on in the big race.

“(A) favourite is Edict of Nantes - he has been in impressive form lately," said Pretorius.

“Last year’s winner Conglomerate has been returning to form and there is a chance he might make it a double. There are also two fillies (female horses) that will be running against the boys, Nightingale and Safe Harbour,”

Frankie Dettori ventured to South Africa in January to guide Edict Of Nantes to victory in the Cape Town Derby. Sean Tarry's Al Sahem is the second Derby winner in the field, having won the S A Derby here at Greyville back in May. For most of the build up to the Durban July, it was proving impossible to split the two at the head of the market, but today it was Al Sahem who made the first move and he is now the 4/1 sole favourite with SportingBet to win on Saturday.

Many thought it would be Edict Of Nantes who would distance himself from the chasing pack, considering he beat Al Sahem last month in the Daily News 2000 and Tarry's charge has been handed a horror draw in barrier one. Whether Al Sahem will hold his position at the head of the market is anyone's guess, but one thing we can say for certain, is that we look set for a thrilling renewal of South Africa's most historic handicap.

*Durban July betting with SportingBet* (20/6/2017 10:30am)
4/1 Al Sahem, 9/2 Edict Of Nantes, Black Arthur, 15/2 It's My Turn, The Conglomerate, 10/1 Marinaresco, Ten Gun Salute, 14/1 Nightingale, 16/1 Mr Winsome, 18/1 Horizon, 25/1 Bar



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2017 Durban July betting news - Al Sahem now sole favourite as Greyville gears up for big day

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