The latest ante-post betting for the Grade 1 Hollywoodbets Durban July to be contested at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday, 2 July has seen some significant changes.
The 2 200m contest, billed as Africa’s greatest horseracing event, has taken on a new dimension of intrigue with the news earlier this month that the 2022 stake has been increased by 250% on 2021’s offering to R5 million, making it Africa’s richest stakes race.
Hollywoodbets will join Rothmans and Vodacom as only the third sponsor of the race in 59 years.
The race was first contested in 1897 and this year’s race will be the 126th renewal.
Hollywoodbets set the pace by opening the ante-post betting for the big race last month already.
Kommetdieding remains at the top of the boards at 6/1 in defence of his title and it is worthwhile noting that his dedicated personal workrider Grant Behr mentioned that the son of Elusive Fort is even better now than he was when winning the Cape Town Met at the end of January.
Kommetdieding, known as the ‘people’s horse’ is owned by Ashwin Reynolds and is trained by the father-daughter duo of Harold Crawford and Michelle Rix.
Linebacker, from the Vaughan Marshall yard, is next best at 8/1, followed by Mike de Kock’s Safe Passage who is now on offer at 10/1 having previously been quoted at 25/2.
Justin Snaith’s recent Grade 1 Jonsson Workwear Cape Derby champion Pomp And Power is available at 14/1 in the betting along with Rain In Holland.
Four horses are grouped at 16/1, namely, Double Superlative, Universal, Sparkling Water and Al Muthana.
Jet Dark, Hoedspruit, Warrior and Red Saxon all follow at 20/1.
As always in horseracing, a lot can – and will – change between now and the when the gates fly open.