Sangomas, mediums, bean growers, bone throwers, palm readers agree

2009-07-04 00:00

After throwing the bones, consulting with the dead and watching the beans grow, a clear favourite for this year’s Vodacom Durban July has been cemented.

The esoteric quarters agree with the other experts in predicting that Pocket Power will win.

Psychic Medium Priscilla Gendron for instance, said she had a vivid vision of the colour pink for a win.

“Before I even looked at the numbers and the horses, I saw the colour pink very clearly,” said Gendron.

“And then the colour yellow came up … It’s going to be a close finish, maybe even a photo finish between Pink and Yellow.” In order to be sure she drew a tarot card for the winner. “It was strange. I drew ‘The Lovers’ ... That’s an odd card to draw on a horserace,” she said. “Is there some kind of family connection between them?”

Favourite, Number 1 Pocket Power’s silks feature prominent pink sleeves, and his full sister, Number 6 - River Jetez is racing in yellow.

Palm-reader and kinesiologist Proveshni Harkhu has a different way of doing things. She feels the vibrations of numbers.

“The number 11 has very strong vibrations: it’s very positive, definitely a winning number. It’s time for this horse to show its potential,” she said before quickly changing her mind.

“No it’s not 11. It’s a double one. Number 1 is the winning horse!” Harkhu said adamantly.

Sangoma Thembesile Mlambo also affirmed the punters’ hunches.

“The numbers 1, 3, 2 and 6 keep flashing in my mind,” she said, while staring off into the distance across the Greyville racetrack.

Only one of the psychics consulted did not favour Pocket Power. In fact, her predication for Pocket Power was a little worrisome...

“This horse is likely to get off to a rip roaring start at the beginning of the race and then lag behind mid race,” says psychic reader Diane Williams.

Williams saw Number 11 – Aluminium as the winner with Number 10 - Likeithot, coming in second.

Another popular annual prediction comes from Gold Circle’s Bean Sprout method.

Every year, the staff at Greyville Racecourse take 20 beans and plant them in a mixture of soil taken from the finish line mixed with potting soil.

By the time these beans are three weeks old, one can clearly judge which of the sprouts are the strongest contenders.

“We have done this for years,” says Gold Circle events marketing manager, Ken Tweddell. “Almost every year we have one bean stalk growing way above the others.”

Tweddell added that this year, they are all very much the same height, although there is a slight difference in the top three sprouts.

The number one bean is Pocket Power, followed by Buy and Sell and River Jetez in third place. — WR.

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