Master Farrier Robbie Dawson Out To Plate 8th July Winner
Hollywoodbets Durban July Broadcast Schedule
Hollywoodbets Greyville Turf Track In Great Shape For The Big Day
Track manager Kurt Grunewald and his assistant Kevin Searle and their team have delivered the Hollywoodbets Greyville turf track in fine condition for the last couple of Durban July meetings and Saturday should be no different.
Kurt said, “We’re very happy where it is at this time of the year. I think it has held up very well for the amount of racing we’ve had. We have to preserve a virgin strip for the horses to run on on July day. It is a bit tougher to achieve these days with the narrow track compared to the pre-poly days, but we have kept a minimum of races on that strip. You will notice the strip is a lot more green and pure.”
The strip is about four metres wide and runs all the way from the 1600m mark to the straight.
The back straight is used relatively seldom so this special management was not required on that section of the track.
The track did not suffer any long term damage from the recent floods.
Kurt said, “Fortunately, it drained very well. We wouldn’t have had to move any meetings, but it was just due to the time of the year, when we were moving into our season, that we decided to stay off the track – it would have got cut up and taken time to recover. Apart from that there were no issues at all.”
He continued, “We have otherwise been fortunate with the weather. We had that one cold snap and everybody thought winter had arrived in a big way, but then we were back to just about summer weather. Obviously the daylight hours aren’t as long and that is what the grass needs to grow long and stay strong, but for this time of the year it is looking very good.”
The grass is looking nice and lush and Kurt confirmed the roots were strong.
It should lead to a great day’s racing.
Picture: Kurt Grunewald and Kevin Searle at the Holywoodbets Durban July Gallops (Candiese Lenferna).
Hollywoodbets Durban July Video Preview And Trainers’ Comments
Equus Awards Hinge Equally On Points System, Panel Vote And Public Vote
The Equus Awards organising committee have begun in earnest with preparations for the South African Horseracing’s premier awards. The event will take place on Wednesday, 24th August 2022 at The Emperors Palace Convention Centre.
Good Looking Foal From A Family of Greyville Stalwarts Has Blossomed Into A Golden Horseshoe Candidate
Gondolier Was The Last Small Yard July Success Before Kommetdieding
Eric Antelme, son of Gondolier’s trainer Pat Antelme, was at the Hollywoodbets Durban July Gallops last week and spoke about that memorable win back in 1985.
He said, “I was only three years old at the time, but there is a lot of memorabilia at home and over the years I have got to know the story of Gondolier’s win well.”
Pat Antelme bought the horse at the Natal Sale for more than the budget he was given by owners John Rayner and Chris Taylor.
“My Dad liked the horse on pedigree and conformation. He was big on studying pedigrees. ”
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Bass Robinson Five-Timer And Ton Up, Domeyer Four-Timer
Candice Bass-Robinson enjoyed a halcyon day at Durbanville today, winning five races in the eight race meeting.
Four of them were ridden by Aldo Domeyer.
In the process Bass-Robinson reached the hundred mark for the season and has now had 103 wins at a strike rate of 12.68%.
Domeyer has now had 90 winners this season at 23.68%, which is the highest strike rate in the country.
Greg Cheyne rode the other Bass-Robinson winner and had a double on the day. He has ridden 106 winners this season at a strike rate of 14.89%.
Picture: Sun-Dazed (What A Winter) gives the Candice Bass-Robinson yard a five-timer and Aldo Domeyer a four-timer when winning the last today (Cape Thoroughbred Sales).
Who is the oldest jockey to win the July?
Picture: Australian Danny Miller was over 70 when he had his last race ride in 2018.