2017 Durban July runners – The full field, horses and jockeys for Saturday

Durban July joint-favourites, Al Sahem and Edict Of Nantes are at opposite ends of the Greyville track. Edict Of Nantes has been handed a kind draw in barrier 13, whilst Al Sahem will have to contend with his spot on the inside rail in barrier one.

The two reigning Derby winners have been inseparable at the head of the Durban July betting with SportingBet since the market opened, despite Edict Of Nantes defeating Al Sahem by half-a-length when they met in last month’s Daily News 2000. 

Both have been handed very workable weights, compared to some of their Greyville rivals, but there is no doubting Al Sahem has had the rough end of the draw and if the S A Derby winner doesn’t get off to a swift start, he will have plenty of ground to make up on his handily placed rivals.

Marinaresco has been burdened with top-weight as he tries to improve on the runner-up finish he recorded last year. Joey Ramsden’s, The Conglomerate beat Marinaresco to this historic title by just a neck in 2016. He will carry two pounds more than the 8-10 mark he won with last season and will have a tough task defending his title from an inside draw in barrier three.

For many years, an outside draw was a huge disadvantage to any horse here at Greyville. However, the bias has faded over recent years. In fact, the first five horses to pass the post last season were drawn in barrier 12 or higher.

Of the leading contenders in the betting, Edict Of Nantes and It’s My Turn have been handed the kindest positions on the track. Bottom-weight, Horizon has also been treated very kindly and could make a huge impact out in barrier 17.

Last year’s winning jockey, Pierre Strydom will not accompany The Conglomerate for a second straight year. Instead, he takes the ride on Justin Snaith’s, It’s My Turn. 2014 winner, Richard Fourie has been booked to ride Sean Tarry’s Horizon, with joint-favourite, Al Sahem will be joined by 2013 winning jockey, S’manga Khumalo.

Four-time Durban July winner, Anton Marcus has landed the plum ride on Edict Of Nantes, whilst Anthony Delpech, who has also won this prestigious race four times over the past few decades, rides Nightingale for Candice Bass-Robinson, as she aims to become the first female trainer to win South Africa’s most famous handicap.

*Final Durban July Field*
Number, name (age) weight (st), rating, barrier number, jockey, trainer

1. MARINARESCO (4) 9-4, 115, 9, Bernard Fayd'Herbe, Candice Bass-Robinson
2. FRENCH NAVY (5) 9-1 112, 15, Lyle Hewitson, Sean Tarry
3. MASTER SABINA (7) 9-1, 110, 4, MJ Byleveld, Justin Snaith
4. BRAZUCA (4) 8-13, 108, 19, Gavin Lerena, Johan Janse van Vuuren
5. KRAMBAMBULI (5) 8-12, 107, 18, Aldo Domeyer, Justin Snaith
6. SARATOGA DANCER (5) 8-12, 107, 7, Craig Zackey, Duncan Howells
7. THE CONGLOMERATE (5) 8-12, 107, 3, Callan Murray, Joey Ramsden
8. IT'S MY TURN (4) 8-10, 106, 16, Pierre Strydom, Justin Snaith
9. TEN GUN SALUTE (4) 8-10, 106, 5, Muzi Yeni, Duncan Howells
10. NIGHTINGALE (4) 8-9, 105, 6, Anthony Delpech, Candice Bass-Robinson
11. BLACK ARTHUR (4) 8-8, 104, 8, Grant van Niekerk, Justin Snaith
12. EDICT OF NANTES (3) 8-7, 102, 13, Anton Marcus, Brett Crawford
13. AL SAHEM (3) 8-6, 106, 1, S'manga Khumalo, Sean Tarry
14. MR WINSOME (3) 8-6, 102, 10, Warren Kennedy, Dean Kannemeyer
15. PAGODA (3) 8-5, 101, 14, Chase Maujean, Geoff Woodruff
16. TILBURY FORT (3) 8-5, 100, 11, Greg Sheen, Sean Tarry
17. SAFE HARBOUR (3) 8-5, 101, 12, Nooresh Juglall, Sean Tarry
18. HORIZON (3) 8-5, 8, 17, Richard Fourie, Candice Bass-Robinson

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2017 Durban July runners – The full field, horses and jockeys for Saturday

Durban July joint-favourites, Al Sahem and Edict Of Nantes are at opposite ends of the Greyville track. Edict Of Nantes has been handed a kind draw in barrier 13, whilst Al Sahem will have to contend with his spot on the inside rail in barrier one.

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