Horse race betting 101: Get ready for Hollywoodbets Durban July

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The road to Hollywoodbets Greyville is paved in proverbial purple as fillies, fashionistas and friends ready themselves for Africa’s greatest horse-racing event, the Hollywoodbets Durban July on Saturday, 2 July 2022, at Greyville in Durban. 

The extravaganza returns after a two-year virtual version during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns.

While fashion and fun are high on the menu, what would the country’s renowned horse-racing spectacular be without a bounty of betting in the mix?

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“For first-timers who may feel there are too many unknowns, we show just how simple it is to place a bet for the Hollywoodbets Durban July”, says Hollywoodbets’ Yolanda Arendse.

Here's how to go about it:

Simply log on to the Hollywoodbets website at and start by registering on the platform. 

Then scroll through the main menu to select the category 'Horse Racing', choose a country and then a race meeting. The main event on the day is Race 7 at 16:00, the R5 million Hollywoodbets Durban July (Grade 1).

Hollywoodbets Durban July races

Once you have selected the race, look for the horses listed in order from the lowest to the highest price. 

Next, from the drop-down menu, select a preferred bet type where the different options are listed.

A brief explanation of the terms is as follows:  

- Fixed Win – the price you take, is the price you keep. It will not change once your bet is struck.

- Fixed Place – means your horse must pass the post either first, second, third, or even fourth, depending on the number of horses in the race.

- Once a bet type has been selected, click on a selected horse, then decide how much to bet and review the potential payout indicated at the bottom right of the box. Then, simply submit the bet and get ready to shout your horse home on the day.

“So, whether a long-time punter or a first-time dreamer, friends of the Hollywoodbets Durban July should get ready for some of the fastest, most exhilarating action on four legs at Africa’s greatest horse-racing event,” Yolanda adds.

Amid the equine action on the track, hospitality marquees and picnic sites flowing with champagne and crudités will be abuzz with people enjoying a day at the races.

For those looking forward to parading their fashion prowess, draped in designs featuring this year’s 'Show me the Honey' theme, the day promises to be one to be remembered.

The Hollywoodbets Durban July will be run at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday, 2 July 2022. There are 12 races, with the first starting at 11:50 and the main race at 16:00.

CGold Circle (Pty) Ltd and Hollywood Sportsbook are licenced betting operators and support responsible gambling. No persons under the age of 18 are permitted to gamble. Winners know when to stop. South African Responsible Gambling Foundation: Toll-free Counselling Line 0800 006 008 or WhatsApp HELP to 076 675 0710. National Gambling Board.

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