• Fri. Aug 19th, 2022

shoosh infosite

s….s INFO

Durban July Handicap

Byarticle

Dec 15, 2021

The Durban July Handicap is a South AfricanThoroughbred horse race held annually on the first Saturday of July since 1897 at Greyville Racecourse in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Raced on turf, the Durban July Handicap is open to horses of all ages. It is South Africa’s premier horse racing event and currently offers a purse of R4.25 million.[1] The purse was reduced to R1.5 million in 2020 due to stake reductions caused by COVID-19. The 2021 edition has been increased to R2 million.

Durban July Handicap
Group I race
Location Greyville Racecourse
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Inaugurated 1897
Race type ThoroughbredFlat racing
Website Durban July history
Race information
Distance 2200 meters (10.94 furlongs)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & Up
Weight Handicap
Purse R2 million (reduced due to Covid-19)

First held in July 1897 at a distance of 1 mile (approx 1600m), the distance was modified several times until 1970 when it was changed to its current 2200 meters (11 furlongs).

. . . Durban July Handicap . . .

Below is the final field for the 2021 Vodacom Durban July to be run at HollywoodbetsGreyville racecourse on Saturday 3rd July, Race 7, 15h00. Should a horse be scratched early, then the reserve runner will take up the barrier position of the scratched horse.

No Dr Horse Jockey Trainer Wgt MR
1 1 Rainbow Bridge Luke Ferraris Eric Sands 60 134
2 2 Johnny Hero Kabelo Matsunyane Tyrone Zackey 53 106
3 3 Shah Akbar Calvin Habib Sean Tarry 53 119
4 4 ExpressFromTheUS Marco V’Rensburg Stuart Pettigrew 54 122
5 5 Crown Towers (AUS) Luyolo Mxothwa Justin Snaith 53 117
6 6 Rascallion Sean Veale Vaughan Marshall 53 123
7 7 Linebacker Grant van Niekerk Vaughan Marshall 53 124
8 8 Sovereign Spirit Keagan de Melo Candice Bass-Robinson 54 122
9 9 Cirillo Lyle Hewitson Sean Tarry 53 120
10 10 She’s A Keeper Warren Kennedy Gareth van Zyl 52 96
11 11 Belgarion S’manga Khumalo Justin Snaith 58 130
12 12 Nexus Craig Zackey Justin Snaith 53 117
13 13 Running Brave TBA Fanie Bronkhorst 52.5 119
14 14 Got The Greenlight Muzi Yeni Joe Soma 55 124
15 15 Matterhorn Serino Moodley Alyson Wright 53 101
16 16 Do It Again Richard Fourie Justin Snaith 57.5 129
17 17 Tristful Callan Murray Tony Rivalland 53 113
18 18 Kommetdieding Gavin Lerena HWJ Crawford/M Rix 53 122
19 RR Silver Host Reserve 1 Justin Snaith 53 110
20 RR Shango Reserve 2 Sean Tarry 53 111

Only five horses have ever won the Durban July Handicap back-to-back.

Another horse named Pamphlet won twice in 1918 and 1920

There are three horses with the most runs in the Vodacom Durban July:

  • Gondolier: Ran 5 races, finally winning the race in 1985
  • Beau Art: Ran 5 races and placed first in 1980
  • Flaming Rock won his first Durban July in 1991 and then ran in the race 3 times more before retiring.

Most wins by a trainer:

  • Sydney C. Laird – 7 : (1961, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1978)
  • Terence M. Millard – 6 : (1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990)

Trainer F. Murray won the race four years in a row from 1910 through 1913.

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 5 : Anton Marcus (1993, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2018)
  • 4 : Harold “Tiger” Wright – (1942, 1947, 1949, 1955), Anthony Delpech (1998, 2004, 2010, 2011) Piere Strydom (2016,2012, 2001, 1996)
  • 3 : Bertie Hayden (1971, 1973, 1978), Felix Coetzee (1984, 1988, 1990), Richard Fourie (2014, 2019, 2020)

Of note to North American racing fans, the 1963 race was won by Colorado King who subsequently raced in California and won the 1964 Hollywood Gold Cup plus set a World Record for nine furlongs in winning the American Handicap at Hollywood Park Racetrack. As well, the 2002 winner, Ipi Tombe, became the first horse bred in Zimbabwe to ever win a race at historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

In 2013, S’manga Khumalo became the first black African jockey to win the Vodacom Durban July when riding Heavy Metal to victory for trainer Sean Tarry.

In 2017, Candice Bass-Robinson became the first female trainer to win the Vodacom Durban July following the victory of Marinaresco. In 2021, Michelle Rix, along with her father Harold Crawford, became the second female trainer with the victory by Kommetdieding.

In 2021, Ashwin Reynolds became the first owner of colour to own a Vodacom Durban July winner following the victory of Kommetdieding.[2]

. . . Durban July Handicap . . .

This article is issued from web site Wikipedia. The original article may be a bit shortened or modified. Some links may have been modified. The text is licensed under “Creative Commons – Attribution – Sharealike” [1] and some of the text can also be licensed under the terms of the “GNU Free Documentation License” [2]. Additional terms may apply for the media files. By using this site, you agree to our Legal pages . Web links: [1] [2]

. . . Durban July Handicap . . .