For the first time in its 124-year history, this iconic race will be staged behind closed doors, in keeping with the safety precautions necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, racing fans can still expect to enjoy all of the racing action they love so much! Although the racecourse will be closed to the public, #VDJ2020 followers will be able to join in on all the betting action. It’s easy to back your favourite with Hollywoodbets by playing on your mobile phone.
If you’re worried about how you will enjoy the pre-race insights, then rest assured! Hollywoodbets and Gold Circle will be hosting a joint panel discussion on Thursday, 23 July 2020, which will be broadcast on Tellytrack (Channel 239) at 19:35, as well as being streamed on YouTube and Facebook.
Legends of the track will discuss each of the runners in the final field for the Vodacom Durban July and their respective chances in this year’s event. The expert panel consists of Vodacom Durban July-winning trainers Justin Snaith and Mike de Kock (both of whom have won it four times), South African champion jockey-elect Warren Kennedy, and four-time Vodacom Durban July winning jockey Anthony Delpech.
There is also a free-to-enter Hollywoodbets Punter Challenge taking place on Vodacom Durban July day, where R100 000 will be up for grabs! In addition, Hollywoodbets has put up a prize of R1 000 000 for any punter (or punters) who correctly select all 10 winners on the day.
Punters can visit http://punters.hollywoodbets.net to login with either their Hollywoodbets or TabGold account details, and simply pick one horse for each race on the Hollywoodbets Greyville card. This competition will open on Tuesday, 21 July 2020 and closes on race day at 11:25. Terms and Conditions apply.
The famous Tote Board at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Vodacom Durban July day in 2019. Photo Credit: Steve Haag Sports
New to betting?
Hollywoodbets has a host of “How-To” videos on its blog explaining how you can make sure you get your bets on, click here: https://blog.hollywoodbets.net/2020/07/horse-racing-how-to-videos.html
Hollywoodbets branches and TabGold tote outlets will be open for placing bets, but at this stage there will be no seating offered on the day due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. We encourage all people to take their bets early to avoid disappointment.
Hollywoodbets will also be offering their famous 15% Deposit Bonus promotion from Monday, 20 July to Saturday, 1 August 2020. All deposits up to a value of R20 000 will receive an additional 15% bonus (up to R3 000) to play with!
The Winning Form race card will be on sale at all newsagents, local totes and Hollywoodbets branches from Thursday, 16 July 2020. This will prepare you for all the racing action come Saturday 25th July. Tips, previews and racing information is included in these handy form guides!
4/1 – Rainbow Bridge, Belgarion
6/1 – Vardy
7/1 – Got The Greenlight
8/1 – Do It Again
10/1 – Bunker Hunt
14/1 – Soqrat (AUS)
16/1 – Golden Ducat, Twist Of Fate
20/1 – Miyabi Gold
25/1 – Padre Pio, Shango
33/1 – Capoeira, Divine Odyssey, Tierra Del Fuego, It’s My Turn, Silvano’s Pride
50/1 – Camphoratus
*Prices subject to change