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Rainbow Bridge tops first log for 2021 Durban July

By Jon Vine
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27 May 2021
  • We bring you news of the first log for the 2021 Durban July
  • The 2021 VDJ will be run at Greyville on Saturday 3rd July
  • Rainbow Bridge sits first in the opening log
  • Linebacker, War Of Athena and Got The Greenlight fill the top four
  • Last year's fourth, Golden Ducat was scratched from the race this week
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Rainbow Bridge (left) wins the Sun Met. (Getty)
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Rainbow Bridge holds the number one spot in the opening log for the 2021 Durban July.

Eric Sands six-year-old could only finish sixth in last year's Durban July, which was won well by favourite Belgarion. However, after defeating both Belgarion and Do It Again in the Sun Met, Rainbow Bridge jumped to the head of the ratings in South Africa and he occupies the top spot in the opening VDJ log.

Last year's runner-up, Got The Greenlight is the current favourite for the 2021 Durban July, following an excellent win in the Premier’s Champions Challenge. He sits fourth in the log, behind Cape Derby winner, Linebacker and Fillies' Classic champion, War Of Athena.

Belgarion and two-time Durban July winner, Do It Again occupy the fifth and sixth positions. Last year's fourth, Golden Ducat had sat seventh in the log, but he was scratched from the race by Justin Snaith this week.

Kommetdieding, Netta and Russian Rock look guaranteed a run in the 2021 Durban July, as they sit inside the top ten in the current log. After finishing third behind Do It Again in last weekend's Pinnacle Stakes, Sovereign Spirit jumps up to eleventh.

Only 18 runners will be allowed to enter the 2021 Durban July. Those who occupy the 19th and 20th places on the final log will travel to Greyville as reserves.

2021 Durban July Log 

Log Number
Merit Rating
1 Rainbow Bridge 134
2 Linebacker 124
3 War Of Athena 122
4 Got The Greenlight 124
5 Belgarion 130
6 Do It Again 129
7 Second Base 122
8 Kommetdieding 120
9 Netta 120
10 Russian Rock 119
11 Sovereign Spirit 124
12 Princess Calla 118
13 Running Brave 119
14 Cirillo 120
15 Rascallion 111
16 Crown Towers 115
17 Expressfromtheus 122
18 Doublemint 118

Reserve 1 Tristful 113
Reserve 2 Tierra Del Fuego 116

*Log correct as of 27/5/21*

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