Hollywoodbets Durban July Greyville

Here’s what time the 128th renewal of the Hollywoodbets Durban July will take place at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday, 6 July. Image: The South African website

Hollywoodbets Durban July: Dave The King withdrawn

Dave The King has been withdrawn from the 2024 Hollywoodbets Durban July, following a decision taken by his connections.

Hollywoodbets Durban July Greyville

Here’s what time the 128th renewal of the Hollywoodbets Durban July will take place at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday, 6 July. Image: The South African website

Dave The King, the winner of the Grade 1 Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge at Hollywoodbets Greyville 10 days ago, has been withdrawn from the 2024 Hollywoodbets Durban July, following a decision taken by his connections.

Trainer Mike de Kock said on Tuesday: “After consulting with his owners, we have decided to take him out of the July and aim him at the Grade 1 HKJC Champions Cup on Gold Cup Day,  Sunday, 27 July.

“Dave The King has proven that his best form is between 1 600m and 1 800m. He finished 5.50-lengths behind Winchester Mansion in last year’s July, it was just too far for him. Also, after he was gelded he was beaten four lengths in the Summer Cup over 2 000m, just running out of steam late. He is a game horse, tries his best and is suited to the Champions Cup. He is doing very well after his Gold Challenge win, so we’ll be looking forward to the Cup.”

Latest Hollywoodbets Durban July odds

Meanwhile, race sponsors Hollywoodbets have updated their odds on next month’s edition of the Hollywoodbets Durban July.

The Grade 1 race which carries a prize fund of R5 million will be run at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday, 6 July.

Dean Kannemeyer’s three-year-old colt Green With Envy is the current favourite at 3/1.

Michael Roberts’ star See It Again, who disappointed with a below-par run in the WSB Cape Town Met at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth in late January when finishing fourth in a field of 11, is next best at 4/1.

Future Swing for Justin Snaith is at 7/1, followed by Oriental Charm from the Brett Crawford yard at 8/1.

Two horses are available at 25/2, namely Royal Victory and Flag Man, while defending champion Winchester Mansion can be backed at 14/1.

After last weekend’s Hollywoodbets Grade 1 Gold Challenge, the Grade 3 Cup Trial, and the Grade 3 Jubilee Stakes, there are still 28 hopefuls still in the running for a place in race.

Stay glued to The South African website for the build-up to Africa’s Greatest Horseracing Event.

HorseMRTrainer
SEE IT AGAIN132Michael Roberts
MAIN DEFENDER131Tony Peter
GREEN WITH ENVY127Dean Kannemeyer
FLAG MAN126Gareth van Zyl
ROYAL VICTORY125Nathan Kotzen
WINCHESTER MANSION124Brett Crawford
COUSIN CASEY123Sean Tarry
BARBARESCO122J A Janse van Vuuren
PURPLE PITCHER120Robyn Klaasen
WITHOUT QUESTION120Justin Snaith
SON OF RAJ119Tony Peter
ARAGOSTA118Mike de Kock
FRANCES ETHEL118Brett Crawford
ORIENTAL CHARM118Brett Crawford
FUTURE PEARL116Sean Tarry
HLUHLUWE116Justin Snaith
HOTARUBI116Sean Tarry
SILVER SANCTUARY116Mike de Kock
MASTER REDOUTE115Andre Nel
FUTURE SWING110Justin Snaith
MUCHO DINERO110Justin Snaith
SHOEMAKER110Mike de Kock
CAPE EAGLE105Andre Nel
IMILENZEYOKUDUDUMA105Gareth van Zyl
NARINA TROGON100Michael Miller
INDIAN OCEAN95Lorenzo Karriem
POMODORO’S JET93Brett Crawford
DOUBLE SUPERLATIVEJustin Snaith

TIMELINE

  • Final supplementary entries close at 11:00 on Tuesday, 18 June
  • Weights will be published on Tuesday, 18 June
  • Final declarations close at 11:00 on Monday, 24 June

The all-important announcement of the final field and barrier draws will be on Tuesday, 25 June.

Only 20 horses will be carded – 18 + 2 reserves. The reserves will be scratched by 08:15 on Friday, 5 July.

Elimination will be at the sole and unfettered discretion of Gold Circle.

Hollywoodbets Durban July theme
The theme for this year’s Hollywoodbets Durban July has been unveiled. Image: Supplied by Hollywoodbets