1917 – July filmed for the first time 1924 – Lame Oriel was nurtured like a sick child and won the race by two lengths 1931 – Deemed most miserable July, bad weather and won by a rank outsider. The only happy punter was a Zululand farmer who had planted mealie pips representing each of the runners.
The first one to sprout was Agrippa which he backed big time and which romped home at 50 – 1 1946 – First year that the jockeys silks were displayed in the Duffs Turf Guide 1949 – Ernie Duffield’s commentary was clocked at 217 words per minute rising to 357 words a minute at the final 200 metres 1951 – Last July run over the road. Thereafter the track went over a subway. 1954 – Thieves tried to steal £103 000 July takings but were apprehended before they could get away 1958 – Stipendary stewards could keep in touch by walkie talkie for the first time 1961 – Last bets in pounds and shillings 1966 – Sea Cottage shot and wounded by gunman 1967 – Sea Cottage and Jollify dead heated 1970 – Court Day, the second worse in the gallops went on to break the course record 1975 – Gatecrasher controversially disqualified from first place after veering towards the rails and taking Distinctly to the outside rail. Principal Boy was the eventual winner and Gatecrasher third 1978 – Politician became country’s highest stake owner in racing history 1983 – Tecla Bluff won the race but millions of TV viewers had to endure a silent race when the microphones developed a fault 1989 – Mud and mayem meant first six races cancelled. Right Prerogative won but later was tragically killed when the float he was travelling in overturned. 1991 – Children were allowed into the July for the first time