The 2020 Vodacom Durban July race assembly was staged behind closed doorways, however even when there had been 50,000 followers in Greyville’s huge grandstands on Saturday there would have been a hushed silence after race 8, the Backyard Province Stakes, the supporting function occasion.
On a day of many upsets, Temple Grafin, beginning at 40/1, landed the Grade 1 prize and delivered one other physique blow to punters.
The results of the July, with second-favourite Belgarion successful, offered very temporary respite for punters.
The Backyard Province – one among South Africa’s premier filly-andmare contests – was predicted to be fought out by Celtic Sea from Sean Tarry’s Highveld yard and Clouds Unfold from Candice Bass-Robinson’s Cape City steady.
Temple Grafin had not gained since April final 12 months.
Her subsequent kind in eight runs was not dangerous, with a level of consistency, however nothing to recommend she may get the higher of her opposition right here.
Coach Glen Kotzen and jockey Keagan de Melo weren’t listening to the pundits, nonetheless. The latter positioned the four-year-old filly simply off the lead from the 1,600m begin.
From the soar, Celtic Sea was up entrance, however was then eased again as Mill Queen took it up, with Ronnie’s Sweet and Fairly Younger Factor chasing.
Within the sprint for the road, Celtic Sea regarded prone to prevail as she went previous the frontrunners, however Temple Grafin gave the run of her life to get residence by lower than a size.
Earlier, in race 5, the Grade 2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper, 35/1 shot Love Bomb cruised to victory.
Most pundits had made Joburg raider Caralluma a banker in unique bets, so many hundreds of Decide 6 and first Jackpot tickets had been blown away when coach Frank Robinson’s juvenile filly held off the odds-on favorite.
Robinson has at all times had a excessive opinion of Love Bomb.
The 2-year-old gained on debut over 1,000m earlier than being thrown within the deep finish within the 1,200m Grade 1 Alan Robertson Basic at Scottsville, the place she completed lower than 5 lengths off the winner after a sluggish begin.
The daughter of Oratorio was at all times going to benefit from the step as much as 1,400m on this extremely prestigious juvenile contest.
Jockey Sean Veale rode her in her first two outings, so knew what he had at Greyville.
He was at all times useful from a No four draw and completed practically a size away from Caralluma. One other two long-shots crammed third and fourth slots: Jasmine (35/1) and Trickster (33/1).
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