2018 Durban July confirmed runners – Oh Susanna tops high-quality list of entries

Jonathan Vine in Latest News 1 May 2018
A wonderful view of the runners in the Durban July.

The initial entries for South Africa’s biggest handicap have been revealed, with Justin Snaith’s Oh Susanna topping the list of 69 entrants.

Snaith’s four-year-old filly has made a successful step up from sprinting to one milers over recent months, claiming a strong victory at Kenilworth before heading into the Sun Met. Last year’s Durban July winner, Marinarseco was expected to claim victory, but Oh Susanna produced a stunning display to become the first three-year-old filly in over a century to score in that historic contest.

It’s been four years since Legislate handed Snaith his one and only victory in his lucrative handicap and the 2014 winner will accompany stablemate Oh Susanna in the final field. Elusive Silva and Do It Again also feature on the current list of entries, as Snaith looks likely to head to Greyville mob-handed.

Glen Kotzen has also only managed to claim one victory in the Durban July down the years and he will be hoping Gold Standard can bounce back after a poor showing in the Sun Met. Lady In Black finished a close second to Oh Susanna when they clashed in the Cartier Paddock Stakes and Dennis Drier will be confident his filly can turn the tables on the favourite.

Other notable entries include Brett Crawford’s Rabada, Deo Juvente for Geoff Woodruff’s stable and Nother Russia, who will be out to try and hand Mike de Kock a fifth victory in South Africa’s most famous race.

NAME               TRAINER              RATING

ABASHIRI M G Azzie/A A Azzie 109     
AFRICAN NIGHT SKY Justin Snaith 108     
BANNER HILL Geoff Woodruff 105     
BRAZUCA (AUS) J A Janse van Vuuren 104     
CASCAPEDIA (IRE) Mike de Kock 109     
CHARIOT OF GOLD Sean Tarry 84     
CORAL FEVER Robbie Sage 110     
CROWD PLEASER J A Janse van Vuuren 105     
DARK MOON RISING Paul Lafferty 95     
DAWN ASSAULT St John Gray 103     
DEO JUVENTE Geoff Woodruff 112     
DO IT AGAIN Justin Snaith 110     
ELUSIVE SILVA Justin Snaith 107     
FORT EMBER Paul Peter 108     
FRENCH NAVY Sean Tarry 104     
GAMBADO Alec Laird 88     
GIRL ON THE RUN J A Janse van Vuuren 100     
GLIDER PILOT Tyrone Zackey 106     
GOLD STANDARD Glen Kotzen 117     
GREEK FIRE M G Azzie/A A Azzie 106     
HEAD HONCHO Andre Nel 95     
IT'S MY TURN Dean Kannemeyer 108     
LADY IN BLACK Dennis Drier 111     
LEGEND Duncan Howells 91     
LEGISLATE Justin Snaith 117     
LIEGE Sean Tarry 110     
LIKE A PANTHER Mike de Kock 106     
MAJESTIC MAMBO Paul Peter 104     
MAMBO MIME Dean Kannemeyer 104     
MARDI GRAS J A Janse van Vuuren 90     
MATADOR MAN Sean Tarry 105     
MY FAVOURITE BROWN J A Janse van Vuuren 88     
NGAGA (AUS) Andre Nel 102     
NOBLE SECRET Mike de Kock 106     
NOTHER RUSSIA Mike de Kock 112     
OH SUSANNA (AUS) Justin Snaith 121     
PACK LEADER Glen Kotzen 106     
PEROVSKIA Harold Crawford 99     
PLATINUM PRINCE Justin Snaith 101     
RABADA Brett Crawford 112     
RED CHESNUT ROAD Robbie Hill 102     
ROY HAD ENOUGH (AU Frank Robinson 110     
ROY'S RIVIERA (AUS Frank Robinson 96     
ROYAL CRUSADE Mike de Kock 101     
SABINA'S DYNASTY Paul Peter 97     
SAFE HARBOUR Sean Tarry 107     
SARATOGA DANCER Duncan Howells 112     
SECRET POTION Geoff Woodruff 102     
SHENANIGANS Sean Tarry 89     
SILVA'S BULLET Dean Kannemeyer 91     
SILVAN STAR Glen Kotzen 108     
SILVER GOD Sean Tarry 93     
SILVER THURSDAY Mike de Kock 103     
SIMPLY ROYAL Sean Tarry 101     
SOCIAL ORDER Sean Tarry 106     
STAR EXPRESS Justin Snaith 109     
STEEL ROSE Glen Puller 106     
STRATHDON Justin Snaith 97     
SURCHARGE Stuart Pettigre 110     
TAKINGTHEPEACE Mike de Kock 104     
THE ROCKETMAN (AUS M G Azzie/A A Azzie 92     
THE SLADE Dean Kannemeyer 105     
THRONG Sean Tarry 82     
TILBURY FORT Sean Tarry 97     
WARRIOR'S REST Sean Tarry 102     
WHITE RIVER Brett Crawford 109     
WILD WICKET Duncan Howells 100     
WIND CHILL Joe Soma 103     
YAKEEN (AUS) Mike de Kock 97     
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2018 Durban July confirmed runners – Oh Susanna tops high-quality list of entries

The initial entries for South Africa’s biggest handicap on Saturday 7th July have been revealed, with Justin Snaith’s Oh Susanna topping the list of 69 entrants.

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