Friday, 22 June 2012
: After a long countdown and anxious moments for some trainers, the final field of 22 runners and barrier positions were announced on Thursday for the R3 million Vodacom Durban July at Greyville on July 7.
| Jackson wins the Daily News 2000 |
Photo by Liesl King
July favourite Jackson drew barrier 18 for the 2200m Group One event, and while it is not the barrier his connections were hoping for it is not impossible for the imposing three-year-old to win from such a wide barrier.
In 2003 his sire Dynasty triumphed from barrier 20, despite many deeming it an impossible task for the three-year-old.
Other main contenders to draw outside barriers include second favourite Ilha Bela in barrier 21, Pierre Jourdan in barrier 15 and Tales Of Bravery in barrier 17.
Sean Tarry's three runners book end the field, with Whiteline Fever and Gold Onyx on the rails in barriers one and two respectively, while his other runner Pomodoro drew the extreme outside barrier 22.
The late withdrawal of Vertical Takeoff before the 2011 Durban July prompted a change to the conditions of the race, with the rules now allowing for the selection of two reserve runners.
The reserve runners Bulsara and Seal will replace any horse withdrawn either on or before 12 noon on June 26.
Horse WT PP Jockey Trainer
PIERRE JOURDAN 60.0 15 Robbie Fradd Gary Alexander
TALES OF BRAVERY 59.5 17 Felix Coetzee Vaughan Marshall
CASTLETHORPE 59.0 20 Karl Neisius Mike Bass
BEACH BEAUTY 58.0 14 Sean Cormack Dennis Drier
CHESALON 58.0 12 Jeff Lloyd Mike Bass
JACKSON 57.0 18 Karis Teetan Brett Crawford
POLAR BOUND 57.0 3 Stuart Randolph Brett Crawford
SMANJEMANJE 57.0 13 Grant van Niekerk Tyrone Zackey
ENGLISH GARDEN 56.5 10 Bernard Fayd'Herbe Mike Bass
TOP SELLER 56.5 19 M J Byleveld Vaughan Marshall
SOLO TRAVELLER 56.0 16 Muzi Yeni Mike de Kock
GOLD ONYX 56.0 2 Gavin Lerena Sean Tarry
SAGE THRONE 55.5 5 TBA Colin Scott
ROYAL BENCHER 55.0 8 TBA Alec Laird
POMODORO 55.0 22 Piere Strydom Sean Tarry
VETTEL 53.5 9 Anton Marcus Mike de Kock
GORONGOSA 53.5 7 Kevin Shea Mike de Kock
ILHA BELA 53.0 21 Anthony Delpech Mike de Kock
WHITELINE FEVER 53.0 1 Glen Hatt Sean Tarry
ETON SQUARE 53.0 6 TBA Gavin van Zyl
BULSARA 55.5 11 Gavin van Zyl
SEAL 57.5 4 Gavin van Zyl