The Covid-19 virus has turned the world upside down including the schedule of feature races for South Africa’s Champion Season, however, Gold Circle have managed to schedule an innovative new programme that allows structured build-up for horses into the major features.

The World Sports Betting 1900 has always been an important stepping stone into the Vodacom Durban July and as such has attracted a high-class field for the race to be run at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday, June 20.

Although not the last chance saloon for VDJ hopefuls, victory in the WSB 1900 on Saturday will almost certainly ensure automatic entry into the country’s biggest race as a dozen of the 13 runners hold entries for the VDJ so there is a lot at stake.

Justin Snaith has kept the wraps on his charge Belgarion, who is the likely favourite come Saturday. Snaith has hopes of qualifying him for the VDJ with minimum possible weight and a win on Saturday will probably see the gelding on ice until the big race.

Other notable entries are the mare Camphoratus, sixth in last year’s VDJ, the highly rated Duke Of Spin, Born To Perform, a son of former VDJ winner Dancer’s Daughter, Crown Towers and Eyes Wide Open who races as a gelding this season.

Stephen Marshall, Gold Circle Marketing Executive was appreciative of the World Sports Betting sponsorship.

“World Sports Betting have become a significant sponsorship partner of Gold Circle. With their presence as an on-course bookmaker pre Covid-19 and with their sponsorship of the WSB Guineas, WSB Fillies Guineas and the prestigious WSB 1900, they have shown their commitment to the sport of horseracing in KwaZulu-Natal. Gold Circle appreciates their support, especially during these trying times,” he said.