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Durban July Handicap Tips & 2018 Betting Predictions
|Date||Saturday July 7, 2018|
|Prize money||R4.25 million|
The most prestigious race on the South African racing calendar, the Durban July Handicap is a race all South African trainers want to win.
South Africa's premier race runs on the first Saturday in July at Greyville and is the most popular betting race in South Africa and is gaining popularity around the world.
Durban July Handicap betting selections & tips
2018 Durban July Handicap betting card
There are 12 races on the card at Greyville, which gives punters plenty to bet on throughout the day in July.
|Race Name||2017 Winner|
|R84 Handicap||Silver Class|
|Mumm Stakes||Head Honcho|
|Grade 3 Handicap||Crowd Pleaser|
|Gold Vase||Hermoso Mundo|
|Golden Slipper||Desert Rhythm|
|Golden Horseshoe||Purple Diamond|
|Durban July Handicap||Marinaresco|
|R104 Handicap||Horse Guards|
|Yearling Sale Million||Al Mariachi|
|Garden Province Stakes||Bela-bela|
|Ethekwini Stakes||Bishop's Bounty|
|Listed Handicap||Copper Force|
Durban July Handicap history
The first running of the July Handicap was in 1897 and it was held on the first Saturday of July.
Raced on turf, the Durban July Handicap is South Africa's best thoroughbred horse race and it has a long history of producing champion South African winners.
It was originally run over 1600m but was changed to 2200m in 1970 when Court Day took out the Group 1 prize.
World champion trainer Mike de Kock, who trained champion sprinter Rocket Man, has had good success in the July Handicap.
De Kock has won four times with the likes of Ipi Tombe, Greys Inn and Igugu. The South African-born trainer doesn't hold the record for most wins, however, with Sydney C. Laird winning seven times.
Terence M. Millard had an amazing stretch during the 1980's and 1990's, training six winners in a span of eight years.
The most successful jockey is shared by four riders but Piere Strydom has had the most recent success, winning in 2016 with The Conglomerate for Australian-born trainer Joey Ramsden.
There has been some international success with Colorado King winning in 1963. It would later win the Hollywood Gold Cup and set a world record for 1800m when winning the American Handicap.
Ipi Tombe, trained by Mike de Kock, was the first horse bred in Zimbabwe to win at Churchill Downs in Kentucky.
Durban July Handicap betting guide
Three-year-old runners have a great success rate in the Durban July Handicap.
60 percent of races run since 1998 have been won by three-year-olds and four-year-old runners also have a good strike rate.
In a naturally open race, due to the handicap conditions, favourites haven't fared well in recent times.
Only three favourites have won in the last 13 years and there has never been an odds-on winner of the Durban July Handicap, with the shortest-priced winner, Sea Cottage, paying 11/10 ($2.10) with bookmakers.
There have been four back-to-back winners and 2017 winner Marinaresco is currently a 12/1 chance to add his name to the list.
Wide draws were once considered a negative factor when handicapping the Durban July Handicap but 2012 winner Pomodoro left from barrier 20 and he was the seventh horse to win from the outside stall.
Bookmakers always offer a wide-open betting field and that allows punters to lock up great each way value.
Durban July Handicap qualifying races
There are 10 automatic qualifying races for the Durban July Handicap and four races where the winner receives preferential consideration.
- The L’Ormarins Queens Plate
- South African Derby
- The SunMet
- Premier's Champions Challenge
- Investec Cape Derby
- Daily News 2000
- Woolavington 2000
- The SA Fillies' Classic
- Rising Sun Gold Challenge
The following race gain the winner preferential consideration.
- Sansui Summer Cup
- Cup Trial
- Betting World 1900
- Jubilee Handicap
Past Durban July Handicap winners
|2009||Big City Life|
|2008||Pocket Power/Dancers Daughter|