The Conglomerate - Vodacom Durban July 2017

All the info you need to know on the Vodacom Durban July 2017 runner THE CONGLOMERATE. Form, tips, betting and comments are provided.

THE CONGLOMERATE will look to emulate El Picha, and earn back to back victories in the Vodacom Durban July. The Joey Ramsden trained gelding is prepped and well weighted for the defence of his Durban July title. Learn more below. Form and comments are provided courtesy of WINNING FORM.

THE CONGLOMERATE - Horse - South Africa - Emerald green, yel.stars, black sleeves and cap


Trainer: Joey Ramsden
Jockey: Callan Murray
Owner: Mayfair Speculators (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Mr D L Brugman)
Age / Sex: 5yo / Gelding
Merit Rating: 107
Colours: Emerald green, yellow stars, black sleeves and cap

Durban July Draw: 3 (of 20)
Weight Carrying: 56.0 kg

Total Runs: 24
First Place: 6
Places: 2

Runs at Greyville: 8 (2 WINS, 1 PLACE)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 2 (1 WIN - DURBAN JULY 2016)

Notable Runs:
1st in the 2016 Vodacom Durban July (Gr 1) - 2200m

Vodacom Durban July Final Field Betting Now Open

JOCKEY Comments:
Callan Murray is flying in from Hong Kong and was not reachable for a comment.

TRAINER Comments:
Trainer Joey Ramsden: "I was very happy with his last run. He ran a good race without hammering him. He’s in good order."

“The Conglomerate is just as well as he was when he won last year but the three-year-olds have to have a massive chance. For the first time in years they have handicapped a three-year-old to win and Edict Of Nantes will have to really fluff his lines not to.”

"I have got him as well as I had him last year and he is working and looking very well. I am very pleased with him."

MAGIC TIPS (Winning Form) Comment:
Defending champion who's had a soft prep after a disappointing Cape summer. Has gone exactly one year without a win since his biggest claim to fame and rather interestingly, shoulders just 0.5 kg more this time around. He has a promising young rider who has captured a few Grade 1's this year in the saddle but this is a much tougher event and the pair will have their work cut out for them. Still, the Australian import should be up with the early pace & will have followers.

Verdict: Defending champion, decent prep, well-handicapped.

  • The Conglomerate enters the 2017 Vodacom Durban July as the defending champion, after being ridden to victory by Piere Strydom in 2016.
  • The Conglomerate was trainer Joey Ramsden's first Durban July winner.
  • The Conglomerate jumped from the widest gate in 2016. This year he has the favourable 3 barrier draw.
  • South African born jockey Callan Murray is flying in from Hong Kong to take the ride on The Conglomerate. 
  • This will be Callan Murray's first Durban July ride.

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