The Vodacom Durban July field has been announced, and sees KZN Breeders Million Mile entrant Rabada lining up for Africa’s most exclusive race for a stake of R4,25 million. The only other horse to attempt this double previously was Gr1 winner, Love Struck.
KZN-bred Rabada will carry 55.5kgs and jumps from a 12th draw for the stable of Mike Azzie. A jockey has not yet been declared. The handsome son of Brave Tin Soldier won the Gr1 Dailys News 2000 recently, silencing his stamina doubts. The Summerhill-bred owned by Markus and Ingrid Jooste will be looking for his sixth career victory, and it is his first attempt over the distance of 2200m.
He is out of a Fard mare named Jordie (in turn out of a Braashee / Comedy Star mare), and descends from the same female line as Naan Khataay – himself a winner of the former KZN Breeders 1600 (Listed). This damline also includes Studio Fifty Four and Freedom Fortune. National Champion Breeders Summerhill Stud will be hoping for a win, after previous success and seconds with Igugu, Pierre Jourdaan and Smanjemanje in the recent past.
The Vodacom Durban July theme this year is “Leader Of The Pack”, and the Gallops will take place on Thursday 23 July at Greyville, starting at 7am.
The KZN Breeders Race Day takes place just a week (Sunday 26 June) before the running of the Vodacom Durban July, and besides the R2,6million in stakes to be won by the connections of the KZN-bred horses on the day in nine races, 25 pairs of Vodacom Durban July entry tickets will be given away on the day. See you there dressed in black and white!
The final field below of the Vodacom Durban July: