With just days to go to the 125th running of the Vodacom Durban July, for the punters eagerly making up their minds about which thoroughbred to back in the big race, the traditional beans give very few pointers.

If anything, the beans, planted shortly after the final field of eighteen runners and two reserves was announced, are predicting that this year’s race will be one of the closest contests in many years as all the beans seemed to have flourished well in the week since they took root.

Based on the beans the widely fancied Got The Greenlight seems to have a short head lead over the rest of the field, with She’s A Keeper poised to cause an upset.

If the traditional beans are the be trusted then the 125th running of the Vodacom Durban July on Saturday will be a closely contested race. Surveying the progress of the bean are models Sinehlanhla Soni (wearing a design by Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award finalist Zandile Mahlasela) and Noluthanda Dube (by student designer finalist Simangele Ngcobo).

The beans also point to good form for defending champion Belgarion, his stable-mate and double-winner Do It Again and Rascallion.

Under the current lockdown rules betting will be purely online with punters encouraged to use web and telephone based options like TABGold to safely lay their bets for the big race.

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Even though Hollywoodbets Greyville will be closed to the general public on the big day, you can quickly and easily open an online betting account and bet from your smart phone.

Visit https://www.tabgold.co.za/session/signup and follow the onscreen prompts to get going. If you have any queries about betting online or opening an account feel free to send an e-mail to support@goldcircle.co.za  or call 031 314 1869. Once your account is active you can top up with one of the secure deposit options and then get betting.