Category: Racing News

Hollywoodbets Durban July welcomes the crowds back

With the news this week that all Covid restrictions and regulations have been removed, and that all sporting and other events have opened up unconditionally, Gold Circle looks forward to welcoming thousands of horse racing fans to the 2022 Hollywoodbets Durban July at Greyville Race Course on Saturday 2 July. “The fact that proof of …

Buzz at the Hollywoodbets Durban July Gallops

by David Thiselton The Hollywoodbets Durban July gallops produced an early morning buzz at Hollywoodbets Greyville today as a decent sized crowd watched the big race’s participants being put through their paces. The buzz rose a notch after the Justin Snaith-trained Do It Again had put up an outstanding gallop under big race rider Aldo …

Gallops usher in the final Hollywoodbets Durban July stretch

The first in-person Hollywoodbets Durban July Gallops since 2019 took place at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on Thursday morning as punters, socialites, models, trainers and horses gathered for the traditional early morning running of next weekend’s contenders. The 126th edition of Africa’s Greatest Horseracing Event will draw a significant crowd for the first time since the …

Final field – history for Rachel Venniker

Apprentice Rachel Venniker will make history in the 126th running of the R5 million Gr1 Hollywoodbets Durban July by becoming the first female rider in the history of the race. Joey Soma has taken a leap of faith in booking the young apprentice, champion elect this season, in a notoriously rough race. When the draws …

Hollywoodbets plan to take the July to a new level

The Hollywoodbets Durban July Final Field Announcement and Draw Ceremony will take place tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Hollywoodbets offices in Umhlanga and this venue change is one of the innovations already incorporated by the new sponsor. Hollywoodbets, who were founded as a horseracing concern, have been pouring their renowned energy into The July and plan …

HDJ Weights published – six likely runners under sufferance

by David Thiselton The Hollywoodbets Durban July weights are out and last year’s winner Kommetdieding and Jet Dark will carry joint topweight of 60kg off their 129 merit ratings. Last year half of the field, nine in total, were under sufferance and the reasons were Rainbow Ridge’s high merit rating of 134 and the big …

Paul Peter scratches five from HDJ

Trainer Paul Peter has scratched Netta, Flying Bull, Naval Guard, Sprinkles and Great Affair from the Hollywoodbets Durban July. Pic : David-Nieuwenhuizen

Gold Challenge is HDJ golden ticket

The Grade 1 Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge is the third leg of the unofficial Grade 1 WFA mile championship, the other two being the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate run at Kenilworth in Cape Town and the HF Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes run at Turffontein in Johannesburg. But there is more than just Grade 1 glory at stake …

Jet Dark tops the latest HDJ Log

Safe Passage’s fluent victory in the Daily News 2000 earned the son of Silvano a Golden Ticket for the Hollywoodbets Durban July and he has leapt up to fourth position on the latest HDJ Log which was issued by Gold Circle earlier today. The other major mover is Waterberry Lane whose performance in the Daily …

Yeni navigates a ‘Safe Passage’

Andrew Harrison Safe Passage sounded a warning as he put his hand up for the forthcoming Hollywoodbets Durban July with a cracking victory in the Gr1 Daily News 2000 for Mike de Kock and Muzi Yeni at Hollywoodbets Greyville yesterday. It was the gelding’s sixth win in seven starts and made up for his narrow …