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When is the 2025 Durban July?

Last updated: 09 Jul 2024
Ralph Staniforth 09 Jul 2024
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  • Dates and vital information about the 2025 Durban July
  • South Africa's most famous horse race will be run at Greyville on Saturday 5th July 2025
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Jockey JP van der Merwe rides "Oriental Charm" (L) on his way to the finish line to win the 2024 edition of the Durban July. (Getty)

When is the 2025 Durban July?

The 2025 Durban July will be run at Greyville racecourse on Saturday 5th July 2025. The Durban July is Race 7 on the racecard and takes place at 16:00pm SAST.

What is the Durban July?

The Durban July is the most famous horse race to be run in South Africa. This Grade One was first staged at Greyville racecourse in 1897 and has been won by many of South Africa's most famous horses. The Durban July is a handicap race run over a distance of 2200m.

Who sponsors the Durban July?

The Durban July is sponsored by bookmakers Hollywoodbets. Hollywoodbets took over sponsorship from Vodacom in 2022.

Who won the Durban July?

The 2025 Durban July was won by Brett Crawford's Oriental Charm, who held off Cousin Casey and Royal Victory in a thrilling finish. The full result, recap and replay of the 2024 Durban July can be found on our website.

Which horses will run in the Durban July?

The Durban July is reserved for the best horses in South Africa. Oriental Charm could return to Greyville to defend his crown in 2025. See It Again, and unlucky loser at Greyville again this year, could return for a third crack, along with this year's top three-year-old Green With Envy.

Where is the Durban July run?

The Durban July is run at Greyville racecourse. Hollywoodbets Greyvile can be found in Durban, South Africa.

Where can I watch the Durban July?

The Durban July will be shown on several global television stations, but the easiest way would be to strea, the race live. If you plan on watching the racing via your mobile or tablet, then bookmakers such as bet365 will allow you to stream the race live.

Durban July Live Streaming 

Viewers in South Africa can watch this historic handicap live via Hollywoodbets. International viewers will need to stream this Grade One live via bet365.

HollywoodBets Durban July Live Stream

  1. Sign up using our code NEWBONUS or log into your Hollywoodbets account
  2. Click on Horse Racing on the scrolling menu down the left-hand side of the page
  3. Select "Watch Now!"
  4. You'll then be redirected to the GallopTV website
  5. Select "HollywoodBets Durban July Feed" to watch the race for free!

Bet365 Durban July Live Stream - International Viewers

  1. Visit bet365 > live streaming > horse racing
  2. Log-in or register for an account (use the bet365 bonus code NEWBONUS if opening a new account)
  3. Registered depositing users can then watch and bet on live horse racing.

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Durban July History

The first running of the July Handicap was in 1897 and it is commonly held on the first Saturday of July.

The Durban July Handicap is raced on turf and is South Africa's best thoroughbred horse race.

It was originally run over 1600m but was changed to 2200m in 1970 when Court Day took out the Group 1 prize for connections.

Trainer Mike de Kock, who trained champion sprinter Rocket Man, has had good success in the July Handicap with four winners.

De Kock trained Ipi Tombe, Greys Inn and Igugu. The South African-born trainer doesn't hold the record for most wins, however, with Sydney C. Laird winning seven times.

Terence M. Millard trainer six winners in eight years during the 1980's and 1990's.

Four jockeys have scored multiple wins in the race but Piere Strydom has had the most recent success, winning in 2016 with The Conglomerate for Australian-born trainer Joey Ramsden.

International success came with Colorado King winning in 1963. It would later win the Hollywood Gold Cup and set a world record for 1800m when winning the American Handicap.

Three-year-old runners have a great success rate in the Durban July Handicap.

60 percent of races run since 1998 have been won by three-year-olds and four-year-old runners are also worth noting.

Favourites haven't fared well in recent times for various reasons.

Only three favourites have won in the last 13 years and there has never been an odds-on winner of the Durban July Handicap, with the shortest-priced winner, Sea Cottage, paying 11/10 ($2.10) with bookmakers.

There have been four back-to-back winners which is a good betting trends for punters to take note of.

Wide draws haven't helped in the past but there has been some recent winners drawing out wide.

Bookmakers always offer a wide-open betting field and that allows punters to lock up great each way value.

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