5.8.2020 02:16 pm
Who knows when, or if, horse racing’s 2020 Equus Awards will take place?
The industry “Oscars”, a banquet bash at which shiny statuettes are dished out to the best performers in a variety of categories, is on hold.
As beribboned Belgarion did the traditional victory canter down the Greyville track, there were isolated shouts of congratulation.
On a day of many upsets, Temple Grafin, starting at 40-1, landed the Grade 1 prize and delivered another body blow to punters.
Africa’s greatest horse racing event was held behind closed doors for the first time, with just a handful of trainers, media, jockeys, grooms and suite owners in attendance.
The problem with betting on two-year-olds is that they can improve dramatically, in a matter of weeks, as they mature – making comparative race form unreliable.
Most pundits had made Joburg raider Caralluma a banker in exotic bets, so many thousands of Pick 6 and first Jackpot tickets were blown away when trainer Frank Robinson’s juvenile filly plugged on up the inside rail to hold off the odds-on favourite.
It will be one of the most momentous Vodacom Durban July’s in the race’s long history. Catch all the Vodacom Durban July action right here!
Soma’s runner is getting better with every race and Sovereign Spirit in Race 3 looks a PA banker
Trainer Justin Snaith will be hoping Do It Again can make history this afternoon by winning the Durban July for a third time in a row. No horse has achieved the feat.
Here are your picks for the big race, while Mike Moon gives you his own picks for the races.
The crown jewel in the country’s horse racing calendar will be very special this year, and not only in terms of the lack of spectators, but also in terms of the peculiarity of the runners on the track.
Justin Snaith goes through the Durban July card race by race
From the fashion theme to the pre-party and after-party, here’s your definitive #VDJ2020 guide.
Piere Strydom, a four-time July winner explains just how important getting drawn wide is at Greyville.