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2021 Durban July Final Field and Draw - Got The Green Light is the slight favourite

  • We bring you the final field and the draw for the 2021 Durban July
  • 18 runners were confirmed for this famous handicap at Greyville on Saturday 3rd July
  • Defending champ Belgarion fifth favourite despite favourable draw
  • Second-favourite Rainbow Bridge was drawn in stall one
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Durban July. (Getty)

The final field has been confirmed for the 2021 Durban July. It takes place at Greyville on Saturday, 3 July 2021.

The media gathered at Greyville as 18 of the country's best flat racers were confirmed for this historic handicap. The full draw took place an hour later.

2021 Durban July Odds


Name
Odds
Got The Greenlight6/4
Rainbow Bridge7/2
Linebacker7/2
Rascallion6/1
Belgarion7/1
Kommetdieding7/1
Do It Again10/1
Bar20/1


*Odds taken on 22/6/21*

2021 Durban July Confirmed Runners


NameWeight (Kg)RatingTrainerJockey
Rainbow Bridge 60.00 134 Eric Sands Luke Ferraris
Belgarion 58.00 130 Justin Snaith S'manga Khumalo
Do It Again 57.50 129 Justin Snaith Richie Fourie
Got The Greenlight 55.00 124 Joe Soma Muzi Yeni
Expressfromtheus 54.00 122 Stuart Pettigrew Marco V'Rensburg
Sovereign Spirit 54.00 122 Candice Bass-Robinson Keagan De Melo
Linebacker 53.00 124 Vaughan Marshall Grant Van Niekerk
Rascallion 53.00 123 Vaughan Marshall Sean Veale
Kommetdieding 53.00 122 HWJ Crawford Gavin Lerena
Cirillo 53.00 120 Sean Tarry Lyle Hewitson
Shah Akbar 53.00 119 Sean Tarry NA
Crown Towers 53.00 117 Justin Snaith Luyolo Mxothwa
Nexus 53.00 117 Justin Snaith Craig Zackey
Tristful 53.00 113 Tony Rivalland Callan Murray
Johnny Hero 53.00 106 Tyrone Zackey NA
Matterhorn 53.00 101 Alyson Wright Serino Moodley
Running Brave 52.50 119 Fanie Bronkhorst NA
She's A Keeper 52.00 96 Gareth van Zyl Warren Kennedy
RESERVES



Silver Host 53.00 110 Justin Snaith NA
Shango 53.00 111 Sean Tarry NA


Got The Greenlight finished second in last year's race as a three-year-old, and Eric Sands' star currently tops the betting for this year's renewal after victories in the Chestnut Stakes and the Premier Champions Challenge.

Rainbow Bridge has risen to second in the betting, after winning the Sun Met, the Drill Hall and the Gold Challenge. Cape Derby and SA Guineas winner Linebacker follows next, with fellow three-year-old Rascallion - who finished second to Linebacker in the recent Daily News 2000 - sitting fourth in the market.

Defending champion Belgarion, who hasn't won since scoring in last year's Durban July, can be found at a single-figure price. As can two-time VDJ champion Do It Again, who will be ridden by Richie Fourie.

Kommetdieding is fancied to go well by many, and he'll be ridden by Gareth Lerena. Lyle Hewitson will ride Cirillo for Sean Tarry, while Warren Kennedy gets the leg up on four-year-old filly, She's A Keeper.

S’manga Khumalo takes the ride on Belgarion, with Tyrone Zackey partnering Johnny Hero. Candice Bass-Robinson will be represented by Sovereign Spirit, with Running Brave, Shah Akhbar and Nexus also set to take their chance.

2021 Durban July Draw


Barrier No.
Name
1 Rainbow Bridge
2 Johnny Hero
3 Shah Akhbar
4 Expressfromtheus
5 Crown Towers
6 Rascallion
7 Linebacker
8 Sovereign Spirit
9 Cirillo
10 She's A Keeper
11 Belgarion
12 Nexus
13 Running Brave
14 Got The Greenlight
15 Matterhorn
16 Do It Again
17 Tristful
18 Kommetdieding

They say a wide draw is a big negative in the Durban July, but that didn't stop Belgarion winning 12 months ago after he came out of gate 17. The defending champion has been handed a kinder draw this time around and will come out of stall eleven.

Rainbow Bridge has been handed what could be quite a tricky draw in stall one, with Kommetdieding set to come out of the widest gate of all, stall 18. 

Linebacker's supporters will have been pleased to see the leading fancy drawn into stall seven, with favourite Got The Greenlight drawn in 14. Rascallion will come out of gate six, with Cirillo and Do It Again drawn in stalls nine and 16 respectively.

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