July punters set to splurge R10 mln

2008-07-04 00:00

Tote betting on today’s R3 million Vodacom Durban July opened on Monday and early indications are that punters have forgotten about interest rates and petrol prices — at least for a day.

By yesterday afternoon, over R1,8 million had already been wagered on today’s Greyville meeting and punters are expected to splurge over R10 million in a countrywide betting spree.

Current tote favourite is also the bookmakers’ favourite, Pocket Power, but as opposed to the bookmakers’ 3-1, Pocket Power is paying R6,20 on the tote.

Dancer’s Daughter is the only other horse quoted in single figures on the tote and yesterday was paying R7,40, a drift from R6,50 on Thursday.

Bookmakers say there has been a steady flow of money on the race without any major market moves. They attribute this to the open nature of the contest as indicated by the betting, with the 20 runners quoted in a narrow band from 33-10 to only 50-1. Both Pocket Power and Dancer’s Daughter have eased in the betting.

The biggest market mover has been River Jetez, who is currently second favourite behind her brother and stable companion Pocket Power. Jockey Jeff Lloyd, who makes a fleeting visit to Greyville from his Australian home, will be hoping that she will be the filly to break his hoodoo on the race — a race in which he has finished third a remarkable eight times without a win.

Others to have shortened in the betting over the past day or two are Pick Six, 14-1 in to 10-1, and Buy And Sell, in to 8-1 from 10-1.

Outsiders to have found some market support are Silver Mist, in from 66-1 to 25-1, and last year’s winner, Hunting Tower, in to 20-1 from 33-1.

The 20 runners in this year’s race have accumulated combined earnings of over R26 million for their owners.

The owners of the winning horse today will bank R1,7 million, with the connections of the second horse collecting R600 000.

The race and preliminaries will be broadcast live on SABC Sport on 3 from 3 pm with the Vodacom Durban July due off at 4.20 pm.

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