A bumper crowd turned out on a chilly Durban morning to watch the Vodacom Durban July gallops and the general consensus after the gallops was, “well we’ve seen the winner, but which one was it?”
The majority of the runners did little more than go through the motions but it did give spectators a close-up preview of their fancies.
Jeff Lloyd was given a rousing welcome by the gallery and Made To Conquer will be a sentimental choice.
Rocket Countdown was first out of the blocks with big race jockey Stuart Randolph aboard and did little more than a steady half-pace.
Ruling favourite African Night Sky is a bull of a horse and will have little trouble lumping the 57.5kg he has been set to carry next Saturday. He did little more than a steady canter but looked in superb condition.
-Richard MacMillan for Gold Circle
Images: Candiese Marnewick