2023 Durban July Entries - Four horses top merit ratings at the opening stage
- 73 horses were nominated for the 2023 Durban July at the first entry stage
- Do It Again, Pomp And Power, Safe Passage and See It Again top the ratings
- Defending champion Sparkling Water has been retired to stud
Do It Again will carry top weight in his sixth Durban July. (Getty)
Cousin Casey remains the favourite for the 2023 Hollywoodbets Durban July following the first entry stage today.
Glen Kotzen's star three-year-old jumped to the head of the betting after ante-post favourite, Charles Dickens was ruled out of the race by Candice Bass-Robinson. Cousin Casey has been handed a merit rating of 122, two points below the four top-rated runners in this year's Durban July.
Two-time winner, Do It Again will become the first horse to make six appearances in the Durban July and Justin Snaith's eight-year-old will have to carry top weight. As will four-year-olds Pomp And Power and Safe Passage, who were rated 124. Shock Cape Derby winner, See It Again was also rated 124 but, being a three-year-old, he won't be carrying top-weight.
Defending champion, Sparkling Water was retired to stud earlier this week. Another big name who will be missing this year's Durban July is King's Plate winner Al Muthana, who wasn't handed an entry at the opening stage.
Do It Again is one of nine runners that Justin Snaith entered up today. Mike De Kock, Sean Tarry and Brett Crawford accounted for seven entrants each.
2023 Durban July Top-Rated Entrants
|Do It Again||8||124|
|Pomp And Power||4||124|
|See It Again||3||124|
|Rain In Holland||4||120|
|Son Of Raj||3||115|
|At My Command||3||114|
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