Early July punters are expecting the mighty Mike de Kock stable to upset favourite Jackson in Saturday’s R3-million, Grade 1 Durban July at Greyville and are continuing|to back the five-year-old mare Gorongosa on the tote and with bookmakers.
Trainer Brett Crawford is looking for his first win in the race with Jackson, the win he was narrowly denied exactly 10 years ago when the De Kock filly Ipi Tombe flew up late to touch off his runner, Angus.
On Saturday, any one or three of the four De Kock runners in the race could upset the Crawford party again.
But De Kock strongly believes Jackson is still the horse to beat in spite of the Dynasty colt’s big weight and bad draw, and Crawford is confident of victory with the favourite.
Jackson has been the firm favourite since betting opened and remains at the top of the boards; but there has been a steady stream of support for Gorongosa, which has seen|her come in to be joint third favourite at 9-1 late yesterday with English Garden and her stable companion Vettel.
Second favourite is another De Kock runner, the filly Ilha Bela.
Punters have heeded the warning to get their bets on early, and by late yesterday more than R700 000 had been wagered on the tote on the Vodacom Durban July itself. Nearly R200 000 has been invested in place bets on the race; and the win and quartet pools have almost doubled since the day before.
The latest odds displayed by the KZN Bookmaker Syndicate are: 17-10 Jackson; 8-1 Ilha Bela; 9-1 English Garden, Vettel, Gorongosa; 14-1 Chesalon; 15-1 Pierre Jourdan, Beach Beauty; 18-1 Gold Onyx; 22-1 Sage Throne, Whiteline Fever; |28-1 Pomodoro, Eton Square; 33-1 Solo Traveller; 40-1 Top Seller; 45-1 Polar Bound; 50-1 Smanjemanje; 55-1 Tales Of Bravery; 66-1 Castlethorpe, Royal Bencher.