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Monday, July 27, 2020

Vodacom Durban July goes online






For the first time in the event’s 124-year history, the prestigious Vodacom Durban July will be held behind closed doors, with eager punters able to get in on the equine action by betting online through sites like Sportingbet.

Known as Africa’s Greatest Horseracing Event, the Vodacom Durban July (VDJ) usually attracts thousands of eager punters and fashionistas to Durban’s Greyville Racecourse, but the current lockdown measures have seen organisers change things up a bit. This year, all the #VDJ2020 horse racing action is still accessible and social distancing regulations adhered to. But sadly, given the reality of the present circumstances, the race meeting will be staged behind closed doors and without spectators.

Some pre-race insights for 2020

On Thursday, 23 July at 7.35pm, Tellytrack (Channel 239) will broadcast discussions by track legends on this year’s final field in The Vodacom Durban July Preview Panel. Included in the panel are Vodacom Durban July-winning trainers, Mike de Kock and Justin Snaith, alongside South African jockey champions, Warren Kennedy and Anthony Delpech.

One of the hottest topics being discussed this year is whether Justin Snaith’s two-time Vodacom Durban July-winning runner, Do It Again, will actually ‘do it again’ and take home a historic third consecutive victory in 2020. Although it may be a tough task for the horse, he’s performed well over the KwaZulu-Natal winter and might just take the unprecedented win.

The final field for this year’s Vodacom Durban July has been announced, giving punters plenty of time to work out their top picks and back their favourites. This year’s prize money totals R4.25 million with the winner taking around R2.5 million, second- place R800 000, third-place R400 000 and fourth-place R200 000.

The glitz and glamour continue

Another major aspect of the popular horse racing event is the high-end fashion and trends. This year, the country’s biggest celebrities, high-flyers, influencers and fashionistas will be taking on this year’s theme, ‘Butterflies’ and sharing their #VDJ2020 looks on social media.

Vodacom is also hosting a competition where people design masks that reflect the theme and fashion trends on social media. Fashion from 10 guest designers and eight emerging designers from the Durban Fashion Fair will also be unveiled on the day via live-streaming from the course, with fans at home being encouraged to send in images which will be shared on social media and the livestream.

The beginner’s guide to betting on horse racing

If you’ve never attempted placing a bet at the races, then 2020 is your chance. Through online gambling portal, Sportingbet, you’re able to easily pick your winner and participate in the excitement, right from the comfort of your own home. But before delving in, there are a few items to consider when choosing your banker. These include:

The breeder of the horse
The trainer and jockey
The parents of the horse – genes count for a lot in horse racing
The sex and age of the horse
Previous racing experience
The horse’s preferred tracks and current form
It’s worth doing a bit of research around these horse elements before backing your winner, but once you’ve found your favourite runner, here’s what type of bets you can consider:

1. Straight / Win Bets – This is when you choose the horse that will cross the finish first;

2. Each Way / Place Bets – This is when the horse must finish in one of the top three or four places, depending on the number of places the tote is paying;

3. The Straight Forecast / Exactas – This is when you choose a horse for 1st place and a horse for 2nd place, in order;

4. The Combination Forecast – This is when you choose horses for 1st and 2nd place, in any order;





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