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Durban July Handicap

Race Name Grade Track
Durban July Handicap 1 Greyville Racecourse Durban July Handicap

Durban July Handicap

South Africa's greatest horse race is the Durban July Handicap, both in terms of the quality of past winners and the excitement that surrounds the race. It is an annual event held on the first Saturday of July that is guaranteed to capture the attention of the entire nation, and everyone likes to have a bet on 'The July', as it is known.

Horses that have competed in the July Handicap have historically gone on to international success, starting with the legendary Colorado King, who won the 1963 running of the race before going on to set a world record for nine furlongs and to win the Hollywood Gold Cup. In recent years London News, Ipi Tombe, and Greys Inn have all followed in those hoof-steps to win big overseas.

Durban July Handicap Racecourse


The Durban July Handicap is run at the Greyville Racecourse over a distance of 11 furlongs or 2200 meters. It is a right-handed turf course where the draw plays a vital role especially in races like The July which always attracts a big field. High draws are at an extreme disadvantage, and the short straight can also be a disadvantage to horses that do not have early speed.

Durban July Handicap
Greyville racecourse is arguably the most picturesque track in South Africa, and on July day the course is the only place to be for fashionistas and racegoers alike. Greyville also offers night racing, and hosts many other Grade 1 races during the Winter Season, including the Gold Cup.

Durban July Handicap - Past Winners

2004 Greys Inn
2005 Dunford
2006 Eyeofthetiger
2007 Hunting Tower 2008 Dancer's Daughter / Pocket Power (dh)

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