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CAPE TOWN – She’s A Keeper could be the housewives’ choice for this year’s Vodacom Durban July for several reasons.

Not only is she a woman, but together with Matterhorn and Tristful she could bring KwaZulu-Natal a first race victory in 27 years, the last being the Space Walk trained by Ricky Maingard in 1994.

The number 27 is significant because democracy in South Africa began 27 years ago with Nelson Mandela as the first president, who was also in prison for 27 years from the previous apartheid regime.

The change in horse racing continues, although it is traditionally known as an elitist sport.

S’Manga Khumalo was the first black jockey to win the Vodacom Durban in heavy metal in July 2013 and is twice a South African champion jockey.

He will be one of four black jockeys this July, the others being Muzi Yeni, Luyolo Mxothwa and Kabelo Matsunyane.

Yeni, who finished second in the national jockey championship twice, rides the favorite Got The Greenlight.

In addition, three other jockeys, Grant van Niekerk, Sean Veale and Serino Moodley, belong to previously disadvantaged groups.

Van Niekerk was unlucky not to win July as an apprentice when he was just second behind the outsider Smanjemanje in 2014 and spent a few seasons in what is probably the most competitive arena in the world, Hong Kong.

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The coveted runner Kommetdieding may become the first Colored-owned winner for Ashwin Reynolds, although Wylie Hall, the first to cross the finish line in 2014, would have achieved this feat for Michael Leaf had a later appeal not been upheld.

The favorite Got The Greenlight can become the first Indian and / or colored owner to win. It belongs to Dayalan Chinsammy and Hassan Adams in partnership with trainer Joe Soma.

The main starter of the day will be Solly Ngobo and the main stewardess will be Deanthan Moodley.

The grooms are also looking forward to the day.

In October 2019, Gold Circle and Hollywoodbets launched an initiative to pay the winning groom of each race in KZN R1000.

Jonsson Workwear has rewarded the best-dressed groom for each KwaZulu Natal race with a Jonsson Workwear Voucher of R500. This initiative runs from April 4th to July 31st.

In addition, Jonsson Workwear will reward the trainer, jockey and groom of the horse that wins the Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes 2021, which will be held on July day by Vodacom Durban, with an R5000 voucher each.

The race organizer is also strongly represented at board level in the KZN, Gold Circle.

Former Chair Phumla Mnganga is now Vice Chair and Directors include Manana Nhalnhla, Babu Nunan, Christine Moodley and Mayesh Chetty.

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