BOTH Jackson and Ilha Bela have drifted in the betting after the barrier positions for the Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July were drawn.
The final field for the R3-million race to be run over 2200m at Greyville on Saturday 7 July was disclosed on Thursday after which each trainer was called up to pull the draws for their runners. With two reserve runners added to the 20-horse field, positions for all 22 runners were drawn. Favourite Jackson landed No 18 position while second favourite Ilha Bela drew No 21.
When bookmakers reopened the betting, Jackson, who was trading at 16-10, was available at 2-1 on Betting World while Ilha Bela had gone out from 5-1 to 6-1. English Garden, who drew No 10, and Vettel (No 9) have come in to 8-1.
Jockey arrangements see Karis Teetan aboard Jackson, trained by Brett Crawford, while Anthony Delpech rides Ilha Bela for trainer Mike de Kock. Anton Marcus will be on Vettel for De Kock and Bernard Fayd’Herbe rides Mike Bass-trained English Garden.
Trainer Sean Tarry saddles three runners and drew both extremities. He will be happy that Whiteline Fever (Glen Hatt) will jump from pole position but Pomodoro (Piere Strydom) will start the race from the widest draw of all. His third runner, Gold Onyx (Gavin Lerena), will start from barrier No 2. – Racing Express.<