2017 Durban July field – The 18 horses who will do battle at Greyville on Saturday

On the first day of July every year for well over a century, the best staying flat racers on the continent have congregated at Greyville, all hoping to etch their names into the record books and take the Durban July title.

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18 horses feature in the current, ante-post betting for this lucrative Group 1 and we look set to be treated to another fascinating, exciting renewal of this famous race.

The field for Saturday’s contest is headed by reigning champion, The Conglomerate, who landed a maiden victory in this fantastic race for popular trainer, Joey Ramsden. Marinaresco had to settle for second last year, losing out to the champion by just a neck. He too will return to Greyville and attempt to go one better than last year.

Black Arthur and Ten Gun Salute were well beaten in seventh and eighth in the 2016 renewal, but after showing some good form in the 12 months since, they are fancied to make a bigger impact this time around.

It’s My Turn and Saratoga Dancer finished fourth and fifth in last year’s race respectively. French Navy and Master Sabina finished a little further down the field, but all four will take to the turf at Greyville for a second crack at the Durban July title.

The two stand-out names in the ante-post field for Saturday’s renewal are Al Sahem and Edict Of Nantes. Both claimed South African Derby titles in impressive fashion earlier in the season and after Edict Of Nantes got the better of Al Sahem here in the Daily News 2000 last month, racegoers are anticipating another ding-dong battle between the two market leaders this weekend.

Horizon was the beaten, odds-on favourite for the Investec Cape Derby won by Edict of Nantes, but he caught the eye when finishing third in the Daily News 2000 and will be hoping to upstage his Greyville rivals. Pagoda ran well to come home second behind Al Sahem in the S A Derby and he will also try his luck in this historic Group 1 handicap.

Candice Bass-Robinson’s Nightingale and Dean Kannemeyer’s Mr Winsome both boast impressive recent records here at Greyville and take their rightful places amongst this classy field.

Sean Tarry’s duo of Safe Harbour and Tilbury Fort both come into the Durban July on the back of long, winless runs. Some would say they are only here to keep stablemate Al Sahem company, but this race has thrown up plenty of shocks down the years and none of the eighteen runners can be ruled out.

Even the likes of Brazuca and Krambambuli, who sit near the bottom of the betting, cannot be overlooked too easily, as we eagerly await another fantastic renewal of this great race at Greyville on Saturday afternoon.


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2017 Durban July field – The 18 horses who will do battle at Greyville on Saturday

On the first day of July every year for well over a century, the best staying flat racers on the continent have congregated at Greyville, all hoping to etch their names into the record books and take the Durban July title.

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