12.8.2020 03:13 pm
The horseracing community has sex on the brain at the moment. It’s mating season, which means finding ‘coverings’ for the thousands of broodmares that populate the country’s stud farms.
Thoroughbred horse sex is way more complicated than the human variety. No slap and tickle as the fancy takes one; it has to be meticulously calculated and should even take cognisance of the musings of a strange 19th century Silesian monk, among other things.
The National Yearling Sale is being held in Germiston this weekend in what must be the most adverse circumstances the venerable event has faced in its long history.
The Vodacom Durban July 2020 on Saturday was fast and furious but remarkably tidy – and ‘the right horse won’, according to wise old men of the game.
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!
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.
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.
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.