11 Belgarion

Defending VDJ Champion Belgarion carried 53kgs to victory last year and has 58kgs to shoulder this year. All things being equal, he will struggle to beat Got The Greenlight this time around, with Joey Soma’s runner set to receive 3kgs for a narrow beating in last year’s event. But, Belgarion is the real deal as he showed when finishing second at level weights behind Rainbow Bridge in the Cape Town Met over 2000m in January. It’s probably fair to say that Belgarion has not had the ideal preparation coming into the 2021 Vodacom Durban July but Justin Snaith is hungry for a record-equalling fourth consecutive victory in the July and jockey S’Manga Khumalo will be just as hungry for his second July victory, having won aboard Heavy Metal in 2013.