Horse racing is a big deal in South Africa. In days gone by, folks used to travel to different racecourses from all corners of the country with the sole intention of backing and betting on their favourite horses as well as jockeys. In recent times, however, that has since changed as most punters simply log in to their betting site accounts and start placing horse racing bets in the comfort of their own homes.
The most prestigious of all horse racing events in South Africa is the Durban July Horse Race. This event is the equivalent of the Cheltenham Festival and The Grand National. It’s important to note that this event is also called by other names. These include the Durban July Handicap and the Hollywoodbets Durban July Handicap. At one point in the distant past, the event was also dubbed the Vodacom Durban July.
History of Durban July Horse Race
The Durban July Horse Race has been held annually since 1897. Since its inception, the event has always been a thoroughbred horse race. The beauty of the event since its inception is that it accommodates horses of all ages. Jockeys thus can use their favourite horses to partake in the horse race owing to the no-limit age stipulation. The event is held every first Saturday of July since time immemorial.
Hollywoodbets Durban July Horse Race Venue
The Durban July Horse Race since its inception in 1897 has always been held at the Greyville Racecourse in Durban, KwaZulu Natal. The race is only raced on right-handed turf ground. From 1897 to 1970, the track field measured approximately 1600m (1 mile). In 1970, the track was modified in the process increasing the track field to 2200 meters (11 furlongs).
Biggest Race Winners
In the years preceding the Covid-19 pandemic, the race purse was pegged at R4.25 million. During the pandemic, the purse was reduced to R1.5 million in 2020 owing to stake reductions. Things have since normalised at the purse for the 2022 event is now pegged at R5 million. The recent winner of the Durban July Horse Race is the 3-year old Kommetdieding whose jockey is Gavin Lerena.
How to Bet on Hollywoodbets Durban July Horse Race
Punters ought to note that they can participate in the Durban July Horse Race by backing and placing bets on their favourite horses. The 2022 edition of the Durban July Horse Race is fast approaching and Hollywoodbets is already accepting future bets on the event. Hollywoodbets is the biggest and the most popular gambling platform in South Africa with both retail operations and online operations. Punters ought to note that Hollywoodbets is currently the official sponsor of the event.
Punters who love to place their bets inside brick and mortar betting halls can easily do so when they visit any of Hollywoodbets’ various branches located across the entire country. Punters who prefer however to place bets from the comfort of their own homes can easily do so when they visit the official Hollywoodbets South Africa site. Hollywoodbets accepts all bet markets for horse race events thus making it the prime gambling destination for all fans of horse racing.