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.
As usual, 18 brilliant horses will gallop down the Greyville track in pursuit of the biggest gong in South African horse racing – but, unlike in the previous 123 years, it will be eerily quiet.
The coronavirus pandemic means Saturday’s July will be contested behind closed doors – and almost a month later than originally planned.
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Race 1: 11:35 Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium Pinnacle Stakes – 1100m (Polytrack)
Winner: Chantyman (6), ridden by Grant van Niekerk for trainer Dennis Bosch. Official Result: 6-9-3-10
Race 2: 12:10 KZN Yearling Sales Million – 1300m (Turf)
Winner: Winter Stories (8), ridden by Muzi Yeni for trainer Weiho Marwing. Official Result: 8-4-3-9
Race 3: 12:45 Campanajo 2200 (Grade 3) – 2200m (Turf)
Winner: Sovereign Spirit (2), ridden by Grant van Niekerk for Candice Bass-Robinson. Official Result: 2-13-3-6
Race 4: 13:20 DSTV Gold Vase (Grade 3) – 3000m (Turf)
Winner: Dynasty’s Blossom (12), ridden by Warren Kennedy and trained by Brett Crawford. Official Result: 12-3-9-15
Race 5: 13:55 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper (Grade 2) – 1400m (Turf)
Winner: Love Bomb(4), ridden by Sean Veale and trained by Frank Robinson. Official Result: 4-1-8-10
Race 6: 14:30 Durban Golden Horseshoe (Grade 2) – 1400m (Turf)
Winner: Nourbese (10), ridden by Stuart Randolph and trained by Corne Spies. Provisional Result: 10-9-4-6
Race 7: 15:10 Vodacom Durban July – 2200m (Turf) – R 1 500 000
The winner of the 2020 Vodacom Durban July was Belgarion, trained by Justin Snaith and jockeyed by Richard Fourie.
Second was Got the Greenlight, third Do It Again, with Golden Ducat coming in fourth. Close behind was It’s My Turn (fifth) and Rainbow Bridge (sixth).
Race 8: 15:45 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes (Grade 1) – 1600m (Turf)
Winner: Temple Grafin (6), ridden by Keagan De Melo and trained bu Glen Kotzen. Official Result: 6-7-5-11
Race 9: 16:20 Compendium Insurance Brokers Ethekwini Sprint – 1200m (Poly)