Fiorella was always going to make the final Vodacom Durban July field but it was still something of a relief to have official confirmation when the wraps came off. But that left the draw and things got a little tense.
However, when Sean Tarrys trio drew wide followed by another string of wide draws, only 17 of the high draws were left when Cathy was sent up / ordered by Dave MacLean to draw for Fiorella. It was all smiles and relief when she pulled draw 8.
Fiorella, winner of the Daisy Fillies Guineas (Grade 2) at Greyville and a close-up second behind Sun Met winner Oh Susanna in the Grade 1 Woolavington 2000 is a 25-1 shot but Duncan is not without hope and is very happy with eight draw. Shes not a big filly so you dont want to be drawn wide, he said. The July is a tough race and we dont want her to get knocked around.
Fiorella has been putting in good work at home and its just a case of Duncan keeping her ticking over for the big race. She will gallop tomorrow morning with big race jockey Mark Khan aboard and she will work with Crime Victim who will have Divan Neethling aboard.

VODACOM DURBAN JULY 2018 FINAL FIELD
Sc# Draw Horse Mass MR Draw B A T Jockey Trainer
1 4 CORAL FEVER 60.00 118 0 B A M Yeni Robbie Sage
2 6 GOLD STANDARD 59.50 117 0 B A C Zackey Glen Kotzen
3 2 ABASHIRI 58.50 115 0 A P Strydom M G Azzie/A A Azzie
4 10 AFRICAN NIGHT SKY 57.00 112 0 A G Van Niekerk Justin Snaith
5 14 ELUSIVE SILVA 56.50 111 0 A B Fayd’Herbe Justin Snaith
6 18 LIEGE 56.00 110 0 A T R Danielson Sean Tarry
7 9 STAR EXPRESS 55.50 109 0 A A Domeyer Justin Snaith
8 16 DO IT AGAIN 54.00 110 0 A A Marcus Justin Snaith
9 19 MAJESTIC MAMBO 54.00 110 0 A C Murray Paul Peter
10 15 MATADOR MAN 53.50 105 0 B A S Khumalo Sean Tarry
11 8 FIORELLA 53.00 108 0 A M Khan Duncan Howells
12 13 WHITE RIVER 53.00 108 0 A C Orffer Brett Crawford
13 20 TILBURY FORT 53.00 103 0 A T L Hewitson Sean Tarry
14 7 YAKEEN 53.00 103 0 A R Simons Mike de Kock
15 12 MADE TO CONQUER 53.00 102 0 A J Lloyd Justin Snaith
16 5 ROCKET COUNTDOWN 53.00 102 0 A S Randolph Candice Bass-Robinson
17 3 DARK MOON RISING 53.00 101 0 A W Kennedy Paul Lafferty
18 11 SECRET POTION 52.00 102 0 A M V’Rensburg Geoff Woodruff
Reserve Runners
19 17 PACK LEADER 53.00 106 0 A Reserve 1 Glen Kotzen
20 1 CROWD PLEASER 53.00 102 0 A Reserve 2 J A Janse van Vuuren