African Night Sky Hopes To Dominate The Durban July Field
The 2200m Durban July will be run at Greyville Racecourse boasts a superb card headlined by African Night Sky and Do It Again, both trained by Justin Snaith who also saddles 3 other runners.
African Night Sky is the favourite and he arrives in good shape after winning his preparation race over a shorter distance on 9th June. The last 4 runnings of this race have all gone to 4 year olds and this one looks likely to make a bold bid.
African Night Sky jockey Grant van Niekerk, (already facing a 10-day suspension for causing interference), has picked up a further 10 days on Tuesday after an inquiry into his riding of Strathdon in the Lonsdale Stirrup Cup last month.
He is due to leave shortly for Hong Kong, where he has been given a year’s contract to ride along with Callan Murray from September onwards.
Do It Again is a year younger than the favourite and is drawn wide at 16 but Anton Marcus takes the ride.
White River is from the Brett Crawford yard and the trainer has been bullish concerning the chances of this 3 year old who has a light mass.
Striker Strydom, who partnered The Conglomerate to victory in 2016, takes the ride on Abashiri who also found betting support in recent days. The Azzie stable gave Abashiri a preparation run over 1400m a month ago and this sort of distance will be more to the 5 year olds liking.
Majestic Mambo was second in the Daily News 2000 recently and could well come from off the pace again having being allocated an outside gate.
Made To Conquer and Elusive Silva are 2 other Snaith runners who have been drawn pretty wide but they are reasonably prominent in the betting. Bernard Fayd’Herbe takes the ride on Elusive Silva and bids for back to back July’s having ridden Marinaresco to glory last year.
Yakeen represents the Mike de Kock stable and steps up in class whilst Sean Tarry has Matador Man, Tilbury Fort andLeige in the field and after that we come to the outsiders in the betting.