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2021 Durban July News - Watch the official gallops

  • We bring you the full video of the 2021 Durban July official gallops
  • The leading contenders in this year's Durban July galloped out in front of the press on Thursday
  • Rainbow Bridge and Do It Again caught the eye
  • Favourite Got The Greenlight was among those who did not appear
Do It Again, seen here winning his second Durban July, impressed during Thursday's gallops. (Getty)

Watch the full video of the official gallops for the 2021 Durban July, as the leading contenders for this year's race limbered up in front of the press.

Gallop Order
Gallop Distance (m)
800m Time
Final 400m Time
1 RAINBOW BRIDGE Eric Sands L Ferraris 1400      50,58    23,27
2 CROWN TOWERS Justin Snaith R Fourie 1600      49,03    23,47
3 RASCALLION Vaughan Marshall S Veale 1400      50,07    23,60
4 LINEBACKER Vaughan Marshall G van Niekerk 1400      50,09    23,62
5 SOVEREIGN SPIRIT Candice Bass-Robinson K De Melo 1400      51,35    23,12
6 SHE’S A KEEPER Gareth van Zyl W Kennedy 1000      53,55    23,65
7 BELGARION Justin Snaith S Khumalo 1600      49,84    23,65
8 NEXUS Justin Snaith C Zackey 1600      50,43    23,56
9 MATTERHORN Alyson Wright S Moodley 1600      53,62    24,29
10 DO IT AGAIN Justin Snaith R Fourie 1600      50,28    22,55
11 TRISTFUL Tony Rivalland C Murray 1200      49,89    23,90
12 KOMMETDIEDING HWJ Crawford/M Rix G Lerena 1200      47,72    23,08

Pre-Recorded Gallops

JOHNNY HERO Tyrone Zackey K Matsunyane 1400

SHAH AKBAR Sean Tarry C Habib 1400

EXPRESSFROMTHEUS Stuart Pettigrew M V’Rensburg 1200

CIRILLO Sean Tarry L Hewitson 1200

RUNNING BRAVE Fanie Bronkhorst *J Syster 1400


SHANGO Sean Tarry L Hewitson 900

Rainbow Bridge was the first to tread the turf at Greyville, coasting around 1400m under jockey Luke Ferraris. Vaughan Marshall galloped his two three-year-olds, Linebacker and Rascallion together, but neither was really asked to stride on and they hit the line together.

Three-time Durban July winner, Do It Again really caught the eye under Richie Fourie. Justin Snaith's star galloped a distance of 1600m, but showed an impressive turn of foot in the closing stages, clocking the fastest final 400m sectional on the day.

Another who showed plenty of speed was Kommetdieding. Gavin Lerena's mount was a little fractious to start and carried his head to the left throughout, but he still managed the fastest 800m split and the second quickest closing section, behind Do It Again.

The video ends with some pre-recorded gallops, which didn't take place on Thursday. Current favorite for next Saturday's race, Got The Greenlight only galloped 600m during his video segment, but there is an excellent interview with jockey Muzi Yeni at the very end of the video below, during which Yeni describes Joe Soma's four-year-old as "the best horses he's ever ridden".

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