Interesting and fun facts about the July

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Past masters Syd Laird (seven wins) and Terrence Millard (six) are historically the most successful  trainers…

  • Past masters Syd Laird (seven wins) and Terrence Millard (six) are historically the most successful  trainers in July history.
  • Geoff Woodruff, Sean Tarry and Justin Snaith (two wins apiece) lead the way for trainers taking part this year. Of currently active conditioners Mike De Kock (four wins) and Dean Kannemeyer (three wins) have won more. De Kock looks unlikely to have a runner this year, while Mr Winsome was a late entry for Kannemeyer.
  • Legendary Harold “Tiger” Wright, Anton Marcus, Anthony Delpech and Piere Strydom top the jockey honours board with four wins apiece. Since Marcus, Delpech and Strydom are down to ride the top three in the betting this year they will be optimistic about being out on their own come 1 July.
  • Other jockeys likely to participate this year who have won the July before are Greg Cheyne, Richard Fourie, S’manga Khumalo, and Bernard Fayd’herbe who have each won once.
  • Three of the last nine winners’ names have begun with ‘P’ – Pocket Power, Pomodoro and Power King. Could this be a pointer to long-shot Pagoda – the only remaining entry starting with that letter?
  • Since the distance of the race changed to 2200m in 1978 only four winners have carried more than 56kg – Politician, El Picha, Pocket Power and Heavy Metal.
  • Of the Julys run since the year 2000, nine have been won a three-year-olds, seven by horses aged four and two by five-year-olds – Pocket Power and El Picha in his second win.
  • While much is made of a horse’s draw, recent history doesn’t bear this out as Power King (2014) is the only winner in the past six years to have jumped from a single figure-stall gate.

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