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2022 Durban July Final Field and Draw - Kommetdieding and Jet Dark top Greyville ratings

By Jon Vine
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30 Jun 2022
  • The field has been confirmed for the 2022 Durban July
  • South Africa's most famous race will take place at Greyville races on Saturday 2nd July
  • Defending champion, Kommetdieding and Jet Dark head the weights
  • Favourite Safe Passage has been drawn in stall ten
Durban July Final Field Draw and Weights
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The final field has been confirmed for the 2022 running of the Hollywoodbets Durban July.

Journalists, media personalities and connections of this year's runners gathered at Greyville races on Tuesday, as the draw was made for this year's Durban July. Kommetdieding returns to Greyville to try and defend his crown. Gavin Lerena will take the ride once again and owner, Ashwin Reynolds drew gate 13 for his stable star.

Here's the full draw for the 2022 Durban July, a look at the weights this year's field has been allotted and a quick glance at the latest betting.

2022 Durban July Draw


Stall
Name
Jockey
Trainer
1 Aragosta Warren Kennedy Mike de Kock
2 Do It Again Aldo Domeyer Justin Snaith
3 Hoedspruit Craig Zackey Justin Snaith
4 Linebacker Grand van Niekerk Vaughan Marshall
5 Puerto Manzano Raymond Danielson J A Janse van Vuuren
6 Zapatillas Luyolo Mxothwa Brett Crawford
7 Waterberry Lane Keagan de Melo Dean Kannemeyer
8 Pomp And Power Richard Fourie Justin Snaith
9 Jet Dark Bernard Fayd’Herbe Justin Snaith
10 Safe Passage Muzi Yeni Mike de Kock
11 Belgarion Piere Strydom Justin Snaith
12 Sparkling Water S’manga Khumalo Mike de Kock
13 Kommetdieding Gavin Lerena HWJ Crawford/M Rix
14 Red Saxon Rachel Venniker Joe Soma
15 Second Base Kabelo Matsunyane J A Janse van Vuuren
16 Al Muthana Callan Murray Mike de Kock
17 Astrix Juan Paul van der Merwe Paul Peter
18 Flying Carpet Calvin Habib Sean Tarry




Reserves


19 Airways Law Reserve 1 Andre Nel
20 Nebraas Reserve 2 Sean Tarry

They say a wide draw is a big negative in the Durban July. However, Belgarion and Kommetdieding came from stalls 17 and 18 respectively to win the last two seasons, so connections of Al Muthana, Astrix and Flying Carpet - drawn widest of all - won't be too concerned.

Aragosta has drawn the rail in stall one. Do It Again, Hoedspruit and Linebacker have handed kind inside draws. Pomp And Power, Jet Dark and current favourite, Safe Passage were placed in stalls eight, nine and ten, with Belgarion and Sparkling Water on their immediate outside. 

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2022 Durban July Weights


Name
Weight (kg)
Rating
Jet Dark 60 129
Kommetdieding 60 129
Belgarion 59.5 128
Linebacker 58.5 126
Do It Again 58.5 126
Al Muthana 58 125
Astrix 56.5 122
Puerto Manzano 55.5 120
Safe Passage 54.5 122
Second Base 54.5 118
Hoedspruit 53.5 116
Sparkling Water 53.5 116
Flying Carpet 53.5 116
Aragosta 53 118
Zapatillas 53 118
Pomp And Power 53 118
Red Saxon 53 118
Waterberry Lane 53 117

Kommetdieding will carry seven kilos more on his back this year, having followed victory in this great race with a win in the Cape Town Met in January. Jet Dark has won the Queen's Plate and placed in both the Met and the Gold Challenge since then, so he too will carry a top weight of 60kg.

Belgarion will carry 1.5kg more than last year, despite struggling for form since his Durban July victory in 2020. Two-time winner, Do It Again sits prominently in the weights, alongside last year's runner-up, Linebacker

Leading three-year-old, Safe Passage will have to shoulder 54.5kg, having received a merit rating of 122. Fellow three-year-olds Pomp And Power, Red Saxon and Waterberry Lane will carry the bottom weight of 53kg.

2022 Durban July Odds


Name
Odds
Safe Passage 3.5
Linebacker 5.5
Pomp And Power 6.25
Sparkling Water 6.25
Do It Again 12.5
Jet Dark 12.5
Kommetdieding 12.5
Aragosta 14
Hoedspruit 14
Zapatillas 16.5
Al Muthana 16.5
Bar 25

Safe Passage remains the favourite for the 2022 Durban July, ahead of Linebacker and Pomp And Power. The full betting for the 2022 Durban July can be found here on our website.
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