Seven CTS graduates in Vodacom Durban July

Seven CTS graduates in Vodacom Durban July

July 24, 2020 / 5 months ago

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Vardy, a 10-1 chance to win the Durban July. (Candiese Lenferna).

Seven graduates of various CTS sales have made the final 18 of a classy and competitive final field that will assemble at the start of the Gr1 R1,5-million Vodacom Durban July, to be run over 2200m at Greyville on Saturday.

The CTS buy considered to have the best winning chance, according to bookmakers’ boards, is three-year-old star Got The Greenlight. The R110,000 buy from the 2018 CTS April Sale is quoted at 8-1, and he’ll be able to add a first prize of R937,000 to his R2-million bank balance if he pulls off the big race for trainer Joe Soma and partners.

The next CTS runner in the betting is the awesome and well-performed four-year-old Vardy, who is at 10-1, odds considered as good value by his supporters, who took 12-1 in the build-up and feel he should be quoted even shorter.

Shango (22-1), has fair classic form and, approaching his peak for the big race, looks like a decent place bet off 53kg, and with champion jockey Lyle Hewitson in the irons.

The game five-year-old Twist Of Fate, bought for R20,000 at the 2017 March Sale, finished a game third in last year’s race. Having worked right alongside Vardy in a gallop last week, his odds of 25-1 will look tempting, especially to Place bettors.

Dennis Bosch’s Padre Pio has drifted to 40-1. This son of Vercingetorix is a speedy sort whose good draw and handy weight are factors which could make him a value Place bet, since he has shown his class with a second to Got The Greenlight in the Daily News.

The filly Silvano’s Pride (70-1) and the recent Jubilee Handicap winner Divine Odyssey (80-1) are at long odds in this extremely powerful field, but both have plenty of ability and are more than capable of running into the Quartet.