The Johan Janse van Vuuren-trained Divine Odyssey produced a storming late run under Raymond Danielson to win yesterday’s Grade 3 Jubilee Handicap over 1800m at Turffontein and thus put up his hand for a place in the Vodacom Durban July final field.
The five-year-old Oratorio gelding ran a 2,80 length eighth in last year’s July and is listed among the five horses just outside of the top 20 on the current July log.
Divine Odyssey caught the favourite Marshall Foch, who set the pace, and Full Mast close to home and won going away by one length.
The only other runner holding a July entry, D’Arrivee, could only manage fourth so his chances of making the final field are gone.
Last year’s Jubilee winner Barahin finished a five length tenth in the July.
The previous year the pair that fought out the Jubilee finish, Yakeen and Tilbury Fort, were both included in the final July field and finished 14th and eighth respectively.
In 2017 the Jubilee winner Coral Fever was supplemented into the July but was then eliminated by the final field selection panel.
The likely reason for the latter decision was that Coral Fever would have been way under sufferance in the July off a relatively low merit rating.
Divine Odyssey ran off a 114 rating yesterday and will likely be raised a point or two but he will still likely be under sufferance in the July. However, this year there are currently only nine horses out of the 47 remaining entries who are in the handicap as it stands, so Divine Odyssey will definitely be seriously considered for a berth.
By David Thiselton