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Durban July Race History

The Durban July Handicap is a South African Thoroughbred horse race held annually on the first Saturday of July since 1897 at Greyville Racecourse in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Raced on turf, the Durban July Handicap is open to horses of all ages. It is South Africa's premier horse racing event and currently offers a purse of R2.5 million (app. US$360,000).

First held in July 1897 at a distance of 1 mile (approx 1600m), the distance was modified several times until 1970 when it was changed to its current 2200 meters

Records

Only four horses have ever won the Durban July Handicap back-to-back.

Campanajo (1897, 1898)
Corriecrian (1907, 1908)
Milesia Pride (1949, 1950)
El Picha (1999, 2000)
One other horse namely Pamphlet won twice in 1918 and 1920

Most wins by a trainer:

Sydney C. Laird - 7 : (1961, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1978)
Terence M. Millard - 6 : (1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990)
Trainer F. Murray won the race four years in a row from 1910 through 1913.

Most wins by a jockey:

4 : Harold "Tiger" Wright - (1942, 1947, 1949, 1955), Anton Marcus (1993, 2000, 2005, 2007)
3 : Bertie Hayden (1971, 1973, 1978), Felix Coetzee (1984, 1988, 1990)
Of note to North American racing fans, the 1963 race was won by Colorado King who subsequently raced in California and won the 1964 Hollywood Gold Cup plus set a World Record for nine furlongs in winning the American Handicap at Hollywood Park Racetrack. As well, the 2002 winner, Ipi Tombe, became the first horse bred in Zimbabwe to ever win a race at historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

Year
Horse
Jockey
Trainer
2011
Igugu
A. Delpech
Mike de Kock
2010
Bold Silvano
A. Delpech
Mike de Kock
2009
Big City Life
G Cheyne
Glen Kotzen
2008
Pocket Power/ Dancers Daughter
Bernard Fayd'herbe/ Kevin Shea
Mike W. Bass/J S. Snaith
2007
Hunting Tower
Anton Marcus Charles
S. Laird
2006
Eye Of The Tiger(BRZ)
G Schlechter
Dean Kannemeyer
2005
Dunford
A.Marcus
M.Bass
2004
Greys Inn
A. Delpech
M de Kock
2003
Dynasty
R Fradd
D Kannemeyer
2002
Ipi Tombe
K Shea
M de Kock
2001
Trademark
P Strydom
M Bass
2000
El Picha
A Marcus
GV Woodruff
1999
El Picha
R Hill
GV Woodruff
1998
Classic Flag
A Delpech
DE Ferraris
1997
Super Quality
M Roberts
DE Ferraris
1996
London News
P Strydom
AG Laird
1995
Teal
J Geroudis
PB Shaw
1994
Space Walk
R Fradd
MH Maingard
1993
Dancing Duel
A Marcus
AT Millard
1992
Spanish Galliard
R Sham
DR Drier
1991
Flaming Rock
K Niesius
RC Snaith
1990
ILustrador
F Coetzee
TM Millard
1989
Right Prerogative
M Sutherland
TM Millard
1988
Royal Chalice
F Coetzee
TM Millard
1987
Bush Telegraph
G Puller
B Abercrombie
1986
Occult
B Leisher
TM Millard
1985
Gondolier
W Harvey
MP Antelme
1984
Devon Air
F Coetzee
TM Millard
1983
Tecla Bluff
M Sutherland
TM Millard
1982
Jamaican Rumba
P Wynne
G Thompson
1981
Big Charles
J Anderson
LF Naude
1980
Beau Art
F Macaskill
J Nicholson
1979
Over The Air
G Puller
P Kannemeyer
1978
Politician
B Hayden
SC Laird
 

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