• Vodacom Durban July (Grade 1)

BELGARION has had his rating raised from 119 to 124 after he produced a storming run from near the tail of the field to land the 2020 edition of the Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July over 2200m at Greyville on Saturday 25 July.  In the process, he was recording his fifth win from as many starts since he was gelded in April 2019.

The National Horseracing Authority confirms that its Officials conducted specimen collection of Vodacom Durban July runners on Friday, 24 July 2020.

The specimens will go through the usual pre-race screening procedures adopted by The NHA Laboratory.  

Horse welfare and the integrity of all races under its Rules, are of critical importance to The National Horseracing Authority.



The NHA is pleased to announce further amendments which are effective 1 August 2020, regarding its protocols pertaining to Racing behind closed doors. 

  • Riders will be allowed ONE move to another district prior to 1 August 2020. Riders that relocate to another racing district will be restricted to race ride in that district for the month. Once a Rider has ridden in a particular district he will be restricted to race ride in that district for the month of August 2020.

  • Track & Ball Oaks (Grade 2)

MOON IN JUNE has had her rating raised from 92 to 110 after she landed the Gr 2 Track & Ball Oaks for fillies and mares over 2400m at Greyville on Sunday 19 July.   In assessing the race, the Handicappers decided that the best line to use was 3rd placed BALLET SHOES to the same net rating of 103 she achieved when she finished third in the Gr 2 SA Oaks at Turffontein in her most recent start.


The National Horseracing Authority (NHA) has pleasure in announcing the composition of the Stipendiary Board that will officiate at the Vodacom Durban July Race Meeting, at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on Saturday, 25 July 2020.

Deanthan Moodley

Mr Moodley will officiate at his second Vodacom Durban July Race Meeting, with this year’s edition of Southern Africa’s premier Race Meeting being his first as the Chief Stipendiary Steward in KwaZulu-Natal.  Deanthan was appointed to this position in November 2019, after having been an integral member of the Central Provinces and Eastern Cape Stipendiary Boards since 2015, after qualifying as an Attorney.

  • Track And Ball Derby (Grade 3)

MARCHINGONTOGETHER remains unchanged on a rating of 110 after his win in the Grade 3 Track and Ball Derby over 2400m at Scottsville on Saturday 11 July.  Given the track conditions in which the race was run (the balance of the race meeting was subsequently abandoned), the Handicappers opted to take a lenient view of the Derby and decided that MARCHINGONTOGETHER himself made for the most suitable line horse.

The only ratings increase was for 3rd placed DARK MOON RISING, who goes up from 103 to 105, but there were drops for several horses.  EYES WIDE OPEN was trimmed from 115 to 114, TWICE GOLDEN goes from 93 to 92, DUKE OF SPIN goes to 100 from 101, and SEATTLE FORCE is down to 103 from 104.

  • Golden Horse Sprint (Handicap) (Grade 1)

WARRIOR’S REST has had his merit rating raised from 113 to 116 after his success in the Grade 1 Golden Horse Sprint (Handicap) over 1200m at Scottsville on Saturday 4 July.  The Handicappers were unanimous in their view that 3rd placed KASIMIR and 4th finisher CHIMICHURI RUN made for the correct line horses to use and accordingly they remain unchanged on 128 and 126, respectively.

Runner-up ULTRA MAGNUS was raised from 113 to 115, while 5th placed CARTEL CAPTAIN (who was 7 pounds under sufferance at the weights) goes up from 106 to 109.  There was also an increase for 6th finisher INVIDIA, who was 5 pounds under sufferance and who carried 0.5 kg overweight.  He goes up from 108 to 111.

  • World Sports Betting Premier’s Champions Challenge (Grade 1)

HAWWAAM has had his rating raised from 131 to 134 after he ran out an easy winner of the Grade 1 World Sports Betting Premier’s Champions Challenge over 2000m on the Turffontein standside track on Saturday 27 June.   The Handicappers were of the view that 3rd placed TIERRA DEL FUEGO was a suitable line horse even though he was trying a new distance, given that he run a similar race behind HAWWAAM at Grade 1 level in his most recent start in the H F Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes.  As such, his rating remains unchanged on 124.

It was noted that runner-up SOQRAT ran a much improved race here and was only given a small drop from 133 to 132.  There were no increases for any runner aside from the winner, but two other horses were given drops.  HERO’S HONOUR is down from 117 to 115, and TILBURY FORT drops from 112 to 110.


Merit Ratings Updates

  • World Sports Betting 1900 (Grade 2)

BELGARION has had his rating raised from 113 to 119 after his fluent success in the Grade 2 World Sports Betting 1900 over 1900m on the Greyville turf track on Saturday 20 June.  The Handicappers were of the view that 4th placed CROWN TOWERS was the best line horse to use, and as such his rating remains unchanged on 109.