Durban July 2012 - Facts and Trivia

Did You Know? Facts About the 2012 Vodacom Durban July

With a full field of 20 runners taking to Greyville for the Vodacom Durban July Handicap, we have provided you with an incredible amount of facts and trivia relevant to the 115th running of this incredible race!  Did you know that Mike De Kock, Anthony Delpech, and Anton Marcus have each won the Durban July 4 times? The fact that only three favorites from the last 12 years have followed up on their pricing and won the race? Or that the number 18 represents the amount of seconds it takes a horse to complete the final 300m on the Greyville stretch? Get all these facts now!

By The Numbers

1 - The number of jockeys flying in from Australia to ride in the race (Jeff Lloyd, previously sponsored by Winning Form, will be riding Chesalon.)

2 - The number of three year old fillies that Mike de Kock has won the July with.

3 - The number of runners Mike Bass has in the race, including his two runners Castlethorpe and English Garden who will have their second run in the prestigious race.

4 - The number of times Mike de Kock, Anthony Delpech and Anton Marcus have won the July. Four is also the number of runners Mike De Kock has in this year's July, two of which will have Anthony Delpech (Ilha Bela) and Anton Marcus (Vettel) as pilots.

5 - The number of horses that have won the race twice in the 115 year history of the July. The most recent being El Picha in 1999 and 2000.

Seven time July winning trainer: Syd Laird
6 - The number of horses that have won the race carrying more than 55kgs since the distance changed to 2200m in 1970. The favourite Jackson will carry 57kg this year!

7 - The late great Syd Laird holds the record for winning the July seven times.

8 - The distance in furlongs of the first ever running of the July Handicap in 1897 (1600m).

9 - The saddle cloth number carried to victory by last year’s winner Igugu.

10 - 2004 marked South Africa’s 10 years of democracy. The saddlecloth number 10 was coincidentally carried to victory by Greys Inn.  

11 - Mike Bass had his first winner in the July handicap 11 years ago as Piere Strydom partnered Trademark to victory.

12 - The number of races on this year’s July card.

13 - The number 13 is an Australian unlucky number. Pierre Jourdan is drawn 13 in this year’s race.

14 - The number of career runs the top rated filly, Beach Beauty has had to date.

15 - The cost in Rands of a swinger bet at HOLLYWOODBETS.NET when you pick six horses to run in any of the first three places, in any order.

1996 July Winner: London News
16 - Sixteen years ago the great London News won the July. He then set the international scene alight.

17 - The draw that the legendary Pocket Power had in his last run in the July in 2010.

18 - The time in seconds that it should take for the winner to complete the last 300m of this race.

19 - Dancing Duel from the Tony Millard yard gave a young Anton Marcus his first winner in the July, 19 years ago.

20 - The last winner to have this draw was Dynasty and he is coincidentally the sire of this year’s favourite, Jackson.

2012 Vodacom Durban July Facts

  • The total stakes for the 2012 edition of the race sits at R3,000,000, making it the richest race in South Africa. R1,875,000 is reserved for the winner!

  • This will be the 115th running of the Durban July. It has run every year since 1897!

  • The distance of the race is 11 furlongs, or 2200m. This has been the distance for this race every year since 1970. 

  • Mike De Kock, Mike Bass, Alec Laird and Dennis Drier are the only trainers in this year's race that have won the Durban July previously. 

  • Mike de Kock has won the Durban July 4 times. Two of those winners were fillies in Ipi Tombe (2001), and Igugu (2011). The other winners were Greys Inn (2004), and Bold Silvano (2010). This year he saddles ILHA BELA, VETTEL, GORONGOSA and SOLO TRAVELLER. 

  • Mike Bass who has three runners in this years race (ENGLISH GARDEN, CHESALON and CASTLETHORPE) is a three time winner of the Durban July winning it in 2001, 2005, and 2008 (when Pocket Power dead heated with the Justin Snaith trained Dancer's Daughter).

  • Mike Bass trained Trademark, the 2001 Durban July winner, who still holds the course record of 131.8  seconds. 
Trademark winning the 2001 Durban July in record time

  • Dennis Drier, the trainer of BEACH BEAUTY, last won the Durban July in 1992 with Spanish Gaillard. Will he be able to replicate the feat 20 years on?'

  • Felix Coetzee, Karl Neisius, Anton Marcus, Robbie Fradd, Pierre Strydom, Anthony Delpech, Kevin Shea, and Bernad Fayd'Herb are jockeys in this year's race that have previously won the Durban July. 

  • It has been over two decades since Felix Coetzee rode his last Durban July winner! He rode Royal Chalice to victory in 1988, and ILustrador in 1990. 

  • Not to far off from Felix, is Karl Neisius, who got his one and only Durban July winner in 1991 on board Flaming Rock! 

  • Seven of the last ten Durban July's have been won by 3 year olds. The 3 year olds in this race include Jackson, Pomodoro, Royal Bencher, Vettel, Ilha Bela, Whiteline Fever, and Eton Square. 

  • Robbie Fradd, who gets the ride on Pierre Jourdan, has won the Durban July twice. His first win was in 1994 on objection with Space Walk. He partnered Jackson’s sire, Dynasty to victory from stallgate 20 in 2003.
"The People's Horse" Pierre Jourdan. Can he improve on his 2nd place finish from 2011?

  • PIERRE JOURDAN was bought at the Ready to Run Sale in 2008 for only R60 000. Since then it has amassed over R4,500,000 in stakes! That is a 75 times return on investment! 

  • PIERRE JOURDAN is the greatest stakes winner in this year's race at R4,580,675. The next closest stakes winner is English Garden at R2,057,480.

  • The total stakes won by all the July runners in this race combined totals R21,575,269! 

  • Kevin Shea, the jockey on the Irish horse GORONGOSA, is also a two time winner of the Durban July. His 1st win coming in 2002 on board Ipi Tombe, and the dead heat in 2008 on Dancer's Daughter. He was beaten a whisker in 2000 with Young Rake.
The dead heat: Kevin Shea pictured on Dancer's Daughter. Pocket Power on the inside!

  • JACKSON carries 57kgs in this year's race. The last time a winning horse carried more than 55kgs was Pocket Power when he dead heated with Dancer's Daughter in 2008 (carrying 58kgs), and prior to that was El Picha in 2001 who carried the same weight. 

  • The oldest horse in this year's race is Smanjemanje from the Tyrone Zackey yard, who was born on the 19th September 2006, 11 days before Pierre Jourdan. 

  • Thirteen of the seventeen male horses in this race have been gelded, meaning only four of these runners have the possibility of eventually becoming a sire. 

  • There are two fillies (BEACH BEAUTY and ILHA BELA) and one mare (GORONGOSA) in this year's race. Only thirteen fillies or mares have won the race, with three of those coming in the last 10 years - Ipi Tombe (2002), Dancer's Daughter (DH 2008), and Igugu (2011).
Ipi Tombe - One of the great fillies to win the Durban July

  • GORONGOSA was sired by Montjeu, the same sire of champion horse and UK Triple Crown contender Camelot! GORONGOSA has won 9 of her 12 runs, with a run currently of five straight wins. 

  • The last time a horse has won the Durban July from the 16th draw was Jamaican Music in 1976. This is the stall gate the favourite JACKSON will be jumping from this year.

  • ILHA BELA is the only grey in this year's field. Only five grey's have ever won the Durban July since the race's inception in 1897, with the most recent being Dancer's Daughter who dead heated in 2008. 

  • ILHA BELA's pilot Anthony Delpech, should have a pretty good idea of his competition going into the race, seeing he has ridden six of the other contenders in previous races! They include Castlethorpe, Solo Traveller, Vettel, Gorongosa, Whiteline Fever and Eton Square.
Anthony Delpech winning on 2011 winner Igugu

  • There are four owners in this race that own more than one runner. GORONGOSA and ILHA BELA are both owned by Wilgerbosdrift with the nominee being Mary Slack. Ingrid and Marcus Jooste own VETTEL, while Marcus has shares in WHITELINE FEVER. Mr C J H Van Niekerk owns GOLD ONYX and ROYAL BENCHER. Then the late Roy Eckstein will have TALES OF BRAVERY and TOP SELLER run in his famous colours. 

  • Foreign bred horses are renowned for performing at the Vodacom Durban July, and this year there are four entrants: CASTLETHORPE (Australia), GOLD ONYX (New Zealand), VETTEL (Argentina) and GORONGOSA (Ireland). The winner of last year's race Igugu, was an Australian bred horse.

  • ETON SQUARE is the only horse in this Durban July field that has never run at Greyville before. While he will be making his debut, this will be the 10th time GOLD ONYX takes to this track (the most out of any runner in this field). 

  • The highest priced winner in the Durban July in the last 12 years was Dunford, who won the race in 2005 at a starting price of 20/1!
Dunford (in the orange silks) winning the 2005 Durban July at 20/1

  • Only three favourites have won the race in the last 12 years. Eight of those 12 were priced between 5/1 and 8/1.

  • To get 14 horses into the fourth leg of your Pick 6 exotic bet (the Durban July race), you only need to include 5 runners!  There are five trainers with more than one runner in this race! The couplings to look out for are: (2-10) (6-7) (11-14-19) (12-16-17-18).

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  1. BlueskiPalooski3 July 2012 at 11:23

    Some awesome facts & trivia, made for a lovely read.
    I really fancy the filly,Beach Beauty, to cause an upset of sorts. Her prep runs have been good with her turn of foot being her biggest asset. This will suit the Greyville straight and makes her a big runner in my book. Also fancy English Garden, Whiteline fever and Top Seller to run in the first 5 on offer at 5/1.

  2. gold onyx is my choice.



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