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5 Jul 2021
4:39 am

Kommetdieding’s Durban July win the stuff of dreams


This year's winning Durban July horse Kommetdieding and his team's story is so uniquely South African.

Kommetdieding, with Gavin Lerena in the saddle, wins the Durban July at Greyville Racecourse on Saturday. Picture: Darren Stewart/Gallo Images

Top horse racing trainer Mike de Kock wasn’t far off in his description of the drama of Saturday’s 2021 Vodacom Durban July: “This is what movies are made of.” The winner, three-year-old colt Kommetdieding, was bought for R55 000 as a yearling – a pittance in thoroughbred terms – and trained by the small Cape Town stable of veteran Harold Crawford and his daughter Michelle Rix. Ashwin Reynolds became the first owner of colour to win Africa’s greatest race. Reynolds it was who renamed the horse after he bought it – a cheeky use of Cape Flats lingo – and...