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Do It Again wins the Durban July for the second year running. (Getty Images)

Durban July Betting Tips, Best Bookmakers & Free Bets


Known as South Africa's biggest race, the Durban July Handicap is a must-see event.

Complete with all the glitz and glamour, the Durban July is a true festival of racing and bettors love it.

Huge bets are made throughout the year on the Greyville feature and it captures the imagation of racing fans.

Durban July history


The Durban July spans three centuries, having first been run in 1897. The race was sponsored by Rothmans from 1963 until 2000 with Vodacom taking over the sponsorship in 2002.

Every year the running of the country's premier race for thoroughbreds sees Greyville bursting at the seams with celebrities, socialites and bejewelled followers of fashion. 

It's a unique occasion and the greatest horseracing event on the continent. And it sparks the biggest betting spree of the year in South Africa with over R100 million being bet on the tote and even more with fixed-odds operators.

The race had humble beginnings back in 1897 when it attracted just seven runners and was contested over 1 mile (1600m) for a stake of 500 sovereigns.

Vodacom sponsored the race for the first time in 2002, when trainer Mike de Kock’s charge Ipi Tombe scored a famous victory.

She went onto greater fame in March the following year when she captured the Dubai Duty Free on Dubai World Cup night at Nad Al Sheba.

Durban July Betting Tips


We will have Durban July betting tips available when the field is released.

Bookmakers always offer a wide-open market due to the popularity of the Greyville race.

Durban July Free Bets


Bookmakers often have free bets on offer for the Durban July, which is a popular thoroughbred race and raceday at Greyville in South Africa.

Check out our recommened bookmakers for the latest offers.

Live Streaming


Bettors can live stream the Durban July at Bet365. They show most big South African races and all you need is an account and a bet on the race.

Many other horse racing authorities will stream Durban July due to its big following.

Greyville Track Info


Turf. 2800m triangular-shaped circuit. All races clockwise round turn with 450m run-in.

Low-number draws preferable, especially at 1600m.

Greyville Polytrack

Poly (wax-coated mixture of silica sand and recycled synthetic fibres and rubber/pvc). 2000m track inside the triangular-shaped turf circuit.

All races clockwise round turn with 400m run-in. Width 14.8m.

Low-number draws slightly preferred, especially over 1600m.

Durban July Field


We will have an updated Durban July field when bookmakers release their odds. The field is made up of some of the best stars in South Africa.

Durban July Feature Races


The Durban July is the feature race on the card but the Garden Province Stakes also runs at Grade 1 level.

  • R4.25 million Vodacom Durban July 2200m Grade 1
  • R1,000,000 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes 1600m Grade 1
  • R600,000 Durban Golden Horseshoe 1400m Grade 2
  • R600,000 TKZN Golden Slipper (2yo F) 1400m Grade 2
  • R500,000 DStv Gold Vase 3000m Grade 3
  • R500,000 Betting World 2200 2200m Grade 3
  • R130,000 Compendum eThekwini Sprint Sprint (Polytrack 3yos) 1200m
  • R1,000,000 KZN Yearling Sale Million (2yos) 1300m

Durban July past winners


Year
Winner
2019Do It Again
2018Do It Again
2017Marinaresco
2016The Conglomerate
2015Power King
2014Legsilate
2013Heavy Metal
2012Pomodoro
2011Igugu
2010Big City Life
2009Dancer's Daughter
2008Pocket Power
2007Hunting Tower
2006Eyeofthetiger
2005Dunford
2004Grey's Inn
2003Dynasty
2002Ipi Tombe
2001Trademark
2000El Picha