Bumper pools for July Day

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - AN­DREW HAR­RI­SON

IT’S D-Day for many of the bor­der­line cases when the fi­nal field for this year’s R4.25 mil­lion Vo­da­com Dur­ban July are an­nounced at a func­tion at Greyville Race­course to­day. The an­nounce­ment of the 18 run­ners and two re­serves and the draw for bar­rier po­si­tions can be viewed live on DSTV Tel­ly­track chan­nel 239 start­ing at around 1pm.

Thurs­day morn­ing will see the tra­di­tional July gal­lops tak­ing place at Greyville where all 20 of the July horses will be in ac­tion for the pub­lic to have one fi­nal view of their fan­cies be­fore the big race on Satur­day, July 1.

The gal­lops start at 7pm sharp and can also be viewed live on Tel­ly­track while on-course pa­trons will be treated to the tra­di­tional hot cof­fee and Chelsea buns.

Of­fi­cials are pre­dict­ing mega ex­otic bet pools on the day and pun­ters who find the right com­bi­na­tions should be re­warded with de­cent re­turns.

R10 Mil­lion Pick 6 pool

The Pick 6 pool is a guar­an­teed R10 mil­lion but ex­pected to climb well be­yond that, while the quar­tet pool on the Vo­da­com Dur­ban July is a guar­an­teed R13 mil­lion with an es­ti­mated pool of R15 mil­lion plus.

The win pool on the main race is ex­pected to top R10 mil­lion while the tote will pay out on the first six placed horses with the ex­pected pool to reach well over R8 mil­lion.

With a R100 000 quar­tet carry-over on the first race of the 12-race card, pun­ters can get off to a rol­lick­ing start with the pool ex­pected to reach R1 mil­lion.

The race­card will be on sale from Thurs­day at all TAB­gold and Track&Ball out­lets with tote bet­ting on the meet­ing open­ing on Mon­day, June 26, giv­ing pun­ters a full week to sort out their bets be­fore the big day.

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