DEO JUVENTE, winner of the recent Grade 1 Champion’s Challenge at Turffontein, was a surprise withdrawal from Africa’s Greatest Horseracing Event, the R4.25-million, Grade 1 Vodacom Durban to be run over 2 200m at Greyville in Durban on Saturday, July 1, at the second declaration stage for the race today.

Although the entry list has now been trimmed by a further nine nominees after 12 horses were withdrawn at the first declaration stage, there are still 36 of the country’s top horses bidding for a place in the 18-horse field that will face the starter.

With stables throughout the country re-assessing the possibility of their runners being invited to take part, a total of 21 of the original 57 entries have now been withdrawn, nine at today’s second stage deadline date.

Those withdrawn are Secret Captain from the Duncan Howells stable, Copper Pot, Fort Meyers and Bold Viking from the yard of Sean Tarry along with Bi-Pot and Deo Juvente from the Geoff Woodruff stable. Gavin van Zyl has scratched Rocketball (headline photo) and Justin Snaith has withdrawn Prince Of Wales with Mike de Kock taking Jubilee Line out.

Final supplementary entries will be received up to 11am on Monday, June 12 with the weights being published the following day on June 13. Final declarations will be on Monday, June 19 with the final field with draws being announced the following day on June 20.

Below are the 36 hopefuls left:

Sc# Horse               Mass   MR       Draw   B  A  T  Jockey          Trainer

0  CAPTAIN AMERICA      0.0  116 (116)    0      A     …………… Brett Crawford
0  MARINARESCO          0.0  115 (115)    0   B  A     …………… Candice Bass-Robinson
0  FRENCH NAVY          0.0  112 (112)    0      A  T  …………… Sean Tarry
0  BELA-BELA            0.0  109 (109)    0      A     …………… Justin Snaith
0  BRAZUCA              0.0  108 (108)    0      A     …………… Johan Janse van Vuuren
0  KRAMBAMBULI          0.0  107 (107)    0      A     …………… Justin Snaith
0  SARATOGA DANCER      0.0  107 (107)    0      A     …………… Duncan Howells
0  THE CONGLOMERATE     0.0  107 (107)    0      A  T  …………… Joey Ramsden
0  AL SAHEM             0.0  106 (102)    0      A  T  …………… Sean Tarry
0  IT’S MY TURN         0.0  106 (106)    0      A     …………… Justin Snaith
0  TEN GUN SALUTE       0.0  106 (106)    0      A  T  …………… Duncan Howells
0  NIGHTINGALE          0.0  105 (105)    0      A     …………… Candice Bass-Robinson
0  BLACK ARTHUR         0.0  104 (104)    0      A     …………… Justin Snaith
0  WITCHCRAFT           0.0  103 (103)    0      A  T  …………… Sean Tarry
0  EDICT OF NANTES      0.0  102 ( 98)    0      A     …………… Brett Crawford
0  LIEGE                0.0  102 (102)    0      A  T  …………… Sean Tarry
0  SILVER MOUNTAIN      0.0  102 (102)    0      A     …………… Candice Bass-Robinson
0  AFRICA RISING        0.0  101 ( 97)    0      A     …………… Sean Tarry
0  MASTER SWITCH        0.0  101 (101)    0      A  T  …………… Geoff Woodruff
0  NEBULA               0.0  101 (101)    0      A     …………… Brett Crawford
0  PAGODA               0.0  101 ( 97)    0   B  A     …………… Geoff Woodruff
0  SAFE HARBOUR         0.0  101 ( 97)    0      A  T  …………… Sean Tarry
0  TILBURY FORT         0.0  100 ( 96)    0      A  T  …………… Sean Tarry
0  BANNER HILL          0.0   99 ( 99)    0      A     …………… Glen Kotzen
0  ELUSIVE SILVA        0.0   99 ( 99)    0      A     …………… Justin Snaith
0  ORCHID ISLAND        0.0   99 ( 95)    0      A     …………… Mike de Kock
0  SMILING BLUE EYES    0.0   99 ( 95)    0      A  T  …………… Sean Tarry
0  TROPHY WIFE          0.0   99 ( 99)    0      A     …………… Sean Tarry
0  ZODIAC RULER         0.0   99 ( 95)    0      A     …………… Justin Snaith
0  GIRL ON THE RUN      0.0   98 ( 98)    0      A     …………… Johan Janse van Vuuren
0  HORIZON              0.0   98 ( 94)    0      A     …………… Candice Bass-Robinson
0  COPPER FORCE         0.0   96 ( 92)    0      A     …………… Justin Snaith
0  ROYAL BADGE          0.0   95 ( 95)    0      A     …………… Adam Marcus
0  THE ELMO EFFECT      0.0   92 ( 92)    0   B  A     …………… Gary Alexander
0  MACDUFF              0.0   88 ( 88)    0      A     …………… Joey Ramsden
0  MASTER SABINA        0.0  110 (110)    0      A  T  …………… Justin Snaith

 

Declarations: 36

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