Nicki Garner: For the second year running the objection hooter sounded not long after the running of South Africa’s premier race, the R3.5-million Vodacom Durban July. First across the line was Dean Kannemeyer-trained Power King, but he seemed to hang left and make contact with runner-up Punta Arenas. That was an optical illusion.
Jack Milner: The handicappers will come under the spotlight in this year’s Vodacom Durban July as two horses with merit ratings of 120 go head-to-head in the R3.5-million race over 2200m at Greyville on Saturday.
Jack Milner: When it comes to racing on the Vaal sand horses either like it or they don’t and in Toro Rosso’s case, he seems to love it.
Jack Milner: Trainer Mike de Kock is happy with the condition of Majmu going into Saturday’s Vodacom Durban July but admits he is concerned about the weight she will carry.
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Nicci Garner: Ruling champion jockey S’manga Khumalo seems to have no chance of winning the championship again this year, trailing 12 wins behind jockey Gavin Lerena heading into the meeting.