Durban July Handicap Tips & Betting Predictions: Star Express ready to impress

Winning form is good form and that's what Star Express brings to the Durban July Handicap
Trainer Justin Snaith winning the Durban July Handicap. (Neville Hopwood/Getty Images)

Durban July Handicap Tips & Betting Predictions


The Durban July Handicap is the premier thoroughbred race in South Africa and we have tips and betting predictions.

Star Express has the chance to impress after winning the Pinnacle Stakes at Greyville in May and she gives Justin Snaith a great chance of winning the Group 1 feature.

It typically takes a tough horse to win the Durban July Handicap and six-year-old Star Express, which has six wins to her name, looks a good winning chance at 5/1.

She held off a fast-finishing African Night Sky in the Pinnacle and her form prior included a second placing behind stablemate Snowdance in the Majorca Stakes at Kenilworth.

Form out of that £1 million feature is going to hold well in the July Handicap and Star Express should give bettors a great sight in the straight.

Stablemate Elusive Silva also comes into the July Handicap with a recent win under the belt. The gelding by German-bred Silvano was a winner of the Group 2 World Sports Betting 1900 at Greyville on May 19.

The half-length win was an upset result at odds of 8/1 but he proved himself on the big stage and he's not without a chance here at better odds of 13/1 with bookmakers.

His year didn't get off to a great start with a ninth in the Glorious Goodwood Peninsula Handicap followed by a 17th in the Group 1 Sun Met at Kenilworth, but he has improved nicely since.

There have been encouraging signs his last two starts and he will likely start shorter in the market come race day.

It could be a Snaith Racing domination in the Durban July Handicap as our third pick also hails from the champion stable.

Do It Again will be well-backed to win following his win in the Daisy Guineas on this track where he defeated Sniper Shot by 1.25 lengths.

He was tested against the top age-group opposition when running second behind Eyes Wide Open in the Cape Derby and that form should see him finishing in the money.

Best Bet: Star Express to win 

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Bill Rosenthal 23 May 2018

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