All the info you need to know about the 2019 Vodacom Durban July runner HEAD HONCHO. This Willem Nel trained gelding takes part in the R4.25 million Grade 1 race at Greyville on Saturday 6th July 2019. Learn more about this horse here. Get your bets on now now at Hollywoodbets.
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3) Head Honcho – 25/1
Jockey: Keegan de Melo
Trainer: Andre Nel
Owner: Mrs S Plattner
Colours: Grass green, indigo horse shoe, gold trim, indigo collar, sleeves, and cap, grass green cuffs and peak
Breeder: La Plaisance Stud
Sire: Querari (GER)
Dam: School Captain by Captain Al
Draw: 19 (20)
Career Record: 19 runs, 8 wins, 5 places
Stakes Won: R 1,575,125
Runs at Greyville: 6 (2 Wins, 1 Place)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 1 (1 Win)
3rd in the 2019 Sun Met (Gr 1) – 2000m
1st in the 2018 WSB Premier Trophy (Gr 2) – 1800m
1st in the 2018 Betting World 2200 (Gr 3) – 2200m
1st in the 2018 Sledgehammer (Listed) – 1800m
Jockey Comments – Keagan De Melo
Young top jockey Keagan De Melo rides an impressive frontrunner in this year’s Durban July and he didn’t seem to think everything was all cut and dried, despite the top three attracting major support in the betting market. His charge has not drawn ideally, but he still seemed optimistic when emarking “His prep has been good, he had a run over too short a distance last time, but that sharpened him up nicely. He recovered well after the gallop and has a spring in his step, which is always a good sign. Do It Again and Rainbow bridge look like the ones to beat, but I still feel it is a highly competitive field. I’m looking forward to the ‘big one’ but African Warrior could possibly be my best ride on the day”. Other notable rides include Dark Moon Rising in the July consolation and the speedy Goliath Heron.
Winning Form – Magic Tips Comment:
The Durban July is notorious for an honest pace and this year HEAD HONCHO could look to positively dictate as he did so in this year’s Met. His game front-running tactics could be utilised well on a tight Greyville circuit and he has struck up a decent partnership with Keagan De Melo. The 5 year old son of Querari also interestingly won the July Consolation last year when he hit the front at the 1000m marker and couldn’t be caught in the latter stages. His conditioner will have him fit despite having only had one run since that gallant Met effort and must be respected.
Verdict: In solid form, but draw a big concern.
As mentioned in the Citizen:
This eight-time winning five-year-old will attempt to register a third consecutive July day triumph on Saturday. He showed his class by justifying hotpot favouritism in the Mumm Stakes on July day in 2017, despite the fact jockey Anton Marcus dropped the crop at the 400m marker. On last year’s July day, he won the Grade 3 Betting World 2200. This year, Head Honcho is in the big one – the R4.25-million Vodacom Durban July over 2200m and with the same jockey, Keagan de Melo, aboard.