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2023 Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge Tips - Odds, draw and best bets for Greyville

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09 Jun 2023
Jon Vine 09 Jun 2023
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  • Odds, draw and predictions for the 2023 Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge
  • This Grade One takes place at Greyville on Saturday 10th July
  • We're backing Al Muthana against hot-favourite Charles Dickens
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Greyville races. (Getty)

An excellent card at Greyville on Saturday is headlined by the Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge. This Grade One provides runners with one final opportunity to qualify for the Durban July, as the winner is guaranteed a spot in the final field for South Africa's most famous handicap - should he or she choose to take up the invitation.

Here's our free guide to the 2023 Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge, featuring our best betting tips.

2023 Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge Odds


Name
Odds
Charles Dickens0.40
Al Muthana7.14
Trip Of Fortune10.00
Cousin Casey12.50
Rascallion15.00
Bar17.00

2023 Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge Runners

Dominating the betting is South Africa's highest-rated racehorse, Charles Dickens. Candice Bass-Robinson has already stated that her dual-Guineas winner would not be heading to the Durban July, having failed to see out ten furlongs when second to See It Again in the Cape Derby back in February.

Al Muthana holds the bragging rights over Charles Dickens, having pipped his younger rival to the post when winning the King's Plate earlier in the season. Charles Dickens' stablemate, Trip Of Fortune can be backed at a single-figure price, along with fellow three-year-old Cousin Casey, who'll be looking to break a sequence of five successive defeats.

Former two-time Durban July winner, Do It Again takes his chance, along with last year's third in the Durban July, Safe Passage. Current second-favourite for next month's Durban July, Rascallion will break out of stall two.

Brett Crawford's Zapatillas has landed the tricky outside draw, having been placed in stall ten. Royal Aussie and Bingwa complete the field for Saturday's feature.

2023 Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge Draw


Num.
Name
1 Cousin Casey
2 Rascallion
3 Trip Of Fortune
4 Charles Dickens
5 Al Muthana
6 Safe Passage
7 Royal Aussie
8 Bingwa
9 Do It Again
10 Zapatilas

2023 Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge Tips

The two stand-out candidates to win on Saturday are Charles Dickens and AL MUTHANA. This has been the target for both, unlike the majority of the other runners, who have the Durban July on their radars.

Many are suggesting that Charles Dickens could be the most talented miler that South Africa has ever produced. That hype has been factored into the current market and I have no interest in backing the Charles Dickens at 0.4. Al Muthana, meanwhile, can currently be backed at 7.14 with Hollywoodbets - an extremely generous price based on his recent form.

Al Muthana won this race for Mike de Kock 12 months ago. On just his second start for Ricky Maingard, Al Muthana took down Charles Dickens to win the King's Plate over this trip at Kenilworth, returning a staggering price of 80/1.

Grant van Niekerk's mount ran a lovely prep for the Gold Challenge here at Greyville last month, powering home from the rear to finish a close third behind Trip Of Fortune in the Drill Hall Stakes. Stepping back up to a mile will suit Al Muthana and Maingard has prioritised this Grade One over another potential tilt at the Durban July.

Verdict

Al Muthana has already beaten Charles Dickens at Grade One level this season and he's a much more appealing prospect in the market at 7/1, compared to the 4/10 market leader.

2023 Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge Tips: Al Muthana Straight Win @7/1 at Hollywood bets - 10 Units
Al Muthana
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