Durban July Betting Tips & Free Bets

Durban July Tips

The 2019 Durban July promises to be another high-quality feature at Greyville and it’s never too early to sort through the form. 

Do It Again was too good for his rivals in 2018 and much like his name, we’re expecting the Justin Snaith-trained runner to do it again this July. The four-year-old was the victor in the 2018 Durban July and although repeat winners are hard to come by in South Africa’s biggest race, we’re confident he can show up again. 

Justin Snaith lines up the son of Twice Over, which scored at odds of 9.00 in 2018 and will likely start shorter in the market this time around. Punters were able to get good odds for the talented type, given that he had previously run as the 2.35 favourite when running fourth in the Grade 1 Daily News 2000 behind Surcharge. He should be better prepared for the 2019 edition and he could run away with another Durban July win. 

Secret Potion ran as a 51.00 chance in 2018 but that was only her third career start and she will be a much stronger chance in 2019. The Geoff Woodruff-trained filly was a winner on debut at Turffontein in the Grade 2 South African Oaks and that shows her class.  She was beaten in the Pinnacle Stakes second-up at Turffontein but she was a 17.00 chance and too much was expected of her then. With time to mature in the off-season, we believe Secret Potion could be one to watch in the Durban July. 

Made to Conquer ran second in the 2018 Durban July before backing that up with a fifth in the Elan Gold Cup behind It’s My Turn. That grade form is going to stack up nicely for 2019 and bookmakers should be offering each way odds for the Snaith-trained runner, which ran as a 8.50 chance last season. 

It’s tough to rule out any runner from this stable and Made to Conquer looks a natural selection for punters.

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Durban July Races

The 2019 Durban July Handicap will be another great edition of South Africa's biggest race and it all goes down at Greyville on July 6.

At approximately 4:20pm, 18 of the best thoroughbreds from South Africa will compete for the R2,500,008.00 prize on what is a fantastic day of racing.

With 12 races on the Durban July Handicap race card schedule, punters are spoilt for choice and the card features Group and Listed races, which makes it a festival of South African racing.

The Golden Slipper and the Golden Horseshoe are two of the featured supporting races on the card and they both come directly before the Durban July.

2019 Durban July Race Card (6/7/19)

  • Race 1: Greyville Convention Centre R84 Handicap
  • Race 2: Mumm Stakes
  • Race 3: Betting World 2200 (Grade 3)
  • Race 4: SABC Gold Vase (Grade 3)
  • Race 5: Gold Circle Golden Slipper (Grade 2)
  • Race 6: Durban Golden Horseshoe (Grade 2)
  • Race 7: Vodacom Durban July Handicap (Grade 1)
  • Race 8: Insurance Brokers R104 Handicap
  • Race 9: KNZ Yearling Sale Million
  • Race 10: Garden Province Stakes (Grade 1)
  • Race 11: eTheKwini Sprint
  • Race 12: Daisy Business Solutions Handicap

Durban July Dates & Results

Race date: Saturday July 6, 2019   (Full race dates & schedule)

Race day schedule:

The 2019 Durban July is set to race at 16:20 on July 6 where some of South Africa’s best thoroughbreds will run for the big prize at Greyville.

Knowing the 2019 Durban July schedule will make it easier to place your bets, so punters don’t miss out on backing their favourite runner. We have a full schedule guide with race and event times throughout the day.

  • 9:30 – Action kicks off in the morning with the Fashion on the Track. The judges will pick the finalists for the competition and entertainment will also be provided on the Action Stage.
  • 10:25 – Race 1 Marinaresco R86 Handicap 
  • 10:30 – Fashion on the Action Stage. Final, including Raceday Hat or Fascinator contest.
  • 11:10 – Race 2 Pinnacle Stakes
  • 11:15 – Winners of fashion contest are announced. The Young Designer Award is also announced in between races two and three.
  • 11:55 – Race 3 Betting World 2200
  • 12:35 – Race 4 Gold Vase
  • 12:40 – Fashion on the Action Stage. Finalists for Most Striking Couple, Classic Racewear and Exceptional Hat. 
  • 13:25 – Race 5 Golden Slipper
  • 13:30 – Live broadcast begins and on-track entertainment commences.
  • 14:10 – Race 6 Golden Horseshoe
  • 14:40 – Jockeys enter Parade Ring for introductions to the crowd.
  • 14:55 – Jockeys mount their respective Durban July Handicap runners.
  • 15:00 – Horses exit Parade Ring.
  • 15:05 – South African nation anthem plays.
  • 15:10 – Race 7 Durban July Handicap
  • 15:15 – Durban July winner canters in front of the crowd.
  • 15:30 – Connections are presented with silver salvers and winners’ sashes.
  • 16:15 – Race 8 Zulu Kingdom R88 Handicap
  • 16:25 – Night racing resumes for the remainder of the card with entertainment throughout.
  • 16:55 – Race 9 Garden Province Stakes
  • 17:35 – Race 10 KZN Yearling Sale Million
  • 18:15 – Race 11 Ethekwini Sprint
  • 18:55 – Race 12 Greyville Convention Handicap

Durban July Betting Tips

We will have updated Durban July betting tips when the final-field is released.


Mike De Kock has a tremendous record in the Durban July and he should have a good chance of winning the 2019 Durban July with Yakeen.

The four-year-old colt finished 14th in the 2018 Durban July but he will only improve with time and the Australian-bred son of Teofilo still has plenty of maturing to do.

Prior to his disappointing run in the 2018 Durban July, Yakeen won consecutive races at Turffontein and the rise in distance came too soon for the young type. He’ll be better for that experience and should provide punters with good value.


Has the experience to contend in the 2019 Durban July and he’s one of our top SA horse racing tips.

The Azzie-trained six-year-old ran last of 18 winners in 2018 but that run was too bad to be true and we think Piere Strydom will stick with the gelding.

Strydom has won the Durban July on multiple occasions and his confidence in the son of Go Deputy is a positive for bettors.

He hasn’t won since 2016 but he’s got another campaign in store and he could offer bettors with some great betting value.

Dark Moon Rising:

11th in last year’s Durban July, Dark Moon Rising has since performed well in two subsequent starts. The Paul Lafferty-trained five-year-old finished sixth behind It’s My Turn before winning his next start.

That came in the Pinnacle Stakes at Greyville and having that winning experience on the track is going to help his chances.

He’s another runner that bookmakers should have as one of the potential Durban July winners.

Durban July Promo Deals

We will have all the bookmaker promo deals for the Durban July when they are released.

Bookmakers often offer welcome sign-up bonuses during the week of the Durban July Handicap and it’s a good time to get signed up and enjoy the deposit bonuses on offer.

Make sure you check the page for all the 2019 Durban July promo deals for the July 6 feature at Greyville.

Durban July Live Streaming

There are many ways to watch the 2019 Durban July online. Many bookmakers, including the likes of bet365 and Sportingbet offer live streaming for the Durban July.

Punters from all around the world will be wanting to watch the 2019 Durban July at Greyville and the Watch & Bet service from bet365 caters to punters from most countries. It's also handy as the latest odds are displayed on the same page, so punters can bet up until the starting time.

Other bookmakers also offering a live streaming service, including William Hill. The international bookmaker offers live stream betting on most major races around the world and the Durban July is available.