A fun way to pick the July winner

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Patrick Nkosi: Although the final field for the Vodacom Durban July is yet to be announced, this year’s race promises to be the most competitive yet!

We’ve had three favourites in Betting World’s ante-post market already – and rightfully so. We kicked off with Marinaresco, then Al Sahem topped betting boards and after a stellar performance in the Daily News 2000, Edict Of Nantes became the new fancy. After all, he did beat Al Sahem by 0.50 lengths.

You may need more help than the form lines and the betting to pick the winner – so why not dabble in the phenomena that is the Fafi Dream Guide (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fafi).

I, for one, never remember my dreams – hopefully you have a little more luck in this department than me. The concept is fairly simple, though – each dream’s character/figure is represented by a number which could be this year’s July winner.

Say you dream of a king. That is represented by the number one, so you’d back the horse with the saddlecloth one. A thief or robber is represented by seven and an old woman is 14. In all honesty, the options vary so much you’ll definitely find a number to represent your dream. Wikipedia provides the entire list of numbers and figures. Whether it works – you won’t know till you try.

Each year a sangoma is invited to predict the winner of the July on the morning of the official gallops. He is a major attraction at Greyville that morning and, although his predictions have not gone so well previously, you never know – this could be the year the bones are correct.

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