The Hollywoodbets Durban July is a race that captures the nation.
However, not a high percentage of people placing bets will know the ins-and-outs of the game.
Some go for their favourite colour.
Others will look for a topical name.
There will be many who will go with their lucky number.
This year of course saw the once in a millenium date 22/2/2022.
The number 2 in the big race on Saturday is Do It Again.
Due to the numbers system employed in KZN racing these days he is also drawn 2.
He has won the July 2 times.
The race is run over 2200m.
He has had 28 starts and finished in the frame 22 times.
And last but not least his sire is called Twice Over!
Furthermore the date of tomorrow’s big race is July 2.
Written in the format 2/7/2022, the 7 is alone among the 2’s and Do It Again also fits into that sequence.
He will be attempting to become the first 7-year-old in 77 years to win the July, the last to have done it being St Seiriol in 1945.
Sparkling Water also has a few 2-related credentials.
She has the other race number ending in a 2, number 12.
She is hence drawn 12.
She was born on 22 October 2017.
Her trainer Mike de Kock won his first July in 2002 and also with a filly, Ipi Tombe.
Picture: Do It Again winning his 2nd July (Candiese Lenferna).