As always Africa’s greatest horseracing event is going to be a blockbuster! Hundreds of millions of rand will be bet on the day and Interbet is standing by for a record betting day with over R100 million set to be wagered on the tote.
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– the Pick 6 on the Greyville meeting and the Quartet on the Durban July start with carryovers and they will fuel what is always the betting bonanza of the year. The Pick 6 pool is set to top R15 million and the July Quartet pool should be some R14 million.
The action kicks off at Greyville with Race 1 at 11.25am and will end nearly nine hours later under floodlights with the last of the 12 races just before 8pm. Then comes the traditional 200m sprint for men wearing nothing but a tipsy grin and after that many of the tens of thousands of racegoers will continue to party late into the night.
It’s going to be amazing with the excitement reaching fever pitch as the last few runners go into the starting gate for the July.
OK so who is going to win the big race. Top Cape Town trainer Justin Snaith has all the aces in terms of numbers – he will saddle four runners in Black Arthur, It’s My Turn, Bela-Bela and Dynamic – whereas no other trainer has more than two in the race.
Durban-born and oft-champion jockey Douglas Whyte is coming all the way from Hong Kong to help Black Arthur overcome a wide draw, but stablemate Bela-Bela is set to spearhead Snaith’s bid for a third July winner.
This small grey has won four of six starts, including the Woolavington 2000 over virtually the same course and distance as the July. And jockey Anthony Delpech, who has ridden four July winners, is bubbling about her prospects. Respect his views, he’s a sharp judge.
Champion trainer Sean Tarry runs French Navy, who is the class of the race and could easily blow his rivals away in the closing stages. But No 4 draw in not in the favour of this four-year-old, who likes to coast early, and the other worry is whether he will be able to get going in time in the short Greyville straight.
Trainer Dean Kannemeyer and jockey Stuart Randolph teamed up to win last year with Power King and they have a huge chance of winning again with Solid Speed, who is at the top of his game.
Abashiri, who comes in without a warm-up race, St Tropez and Rocketball look the pick of the rest, but this is a competitive race in which only a couple of runners look without hope.
With nine feature races and huge betting pools, it’s going to be a sensational occasion. Stand by for an electrifying two minutes.