The Durban July, sponsored this year by Hollywoodbets, traditionally sparks South Africa’s biggest betting splurge, and it will no different this Saturday – with hundreds of millions of rands changing hands within a few hours.
TAB has allocated two massive carryovers to the race meeting. The Pick 6 starts with R2 million in the pool and so does the Quartet on the Durban July. Each pool should total more than R10 million and taking a punt on the July Quartet will appeal to many.
Perhaps the best way to pick your horses in this year’s July is to look for consistent placegetters.
Justin Snaith and Mike de Kock train half the field between them and most of their runners have chances.
The De Kock-trained Safe Passage is 4-1 favourite and looks the horse to beat. He has run nine times for six wins and two places, so the consistency is there and he has proved he will stay the distance – a natural choice for a floating banker.
Others to consider are the first two past the post last year – Kommetdieding and Linebacker – but both carry more weight this time.
Snaith is out to land his sixth July winner and is expecting a massive performance from Pomp And Power. But beware stablemate Do It Again, who has run in the Durban July four times for two wins and two places.
Suggested Quartet: Double Float 2-Do It Again and 10-Safe Passage with 1-Aragosta, 3-Hoedspruit, 4-Linebacker, 6-Zapatillas, 8-Pomp And Power, 12-Sparkling Water and 13-Kommetdieding.
The cost is R504 but the bet can be played for say R51 or just over 10%.
Picture: Anthony Grote (Gameplan Media).