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Mystics divided over July

2013-07-03 14:48
Sangoma Thembisani Mdlolo (Dave Macleod/Gameplan Media)
Durban - As betting fever begins to grip the country ahead of Saturday's running of the R3.5 million Durban July, casuals punters are turning to unusual quarters for tips on which thoroughbred might win the main race, and getting very little consensus from the mystical sources.

The tipping mania started immediately after the traditional Durban July gallops, where eagle-eyed punters got a chance to watch the form of the final field, before local sangoma Thembisani Mdlolo threw the bones to predict the top three.

His predication drew gasps from the punters as he foresaw the strongly fancied Capetown Noir finishing third, last year's winner Pomodoro second, and the Sean Tarry trained Whiteline Fever claiming the 2013 title.

Last year Mdlolo's prediction of a shock win for the unfancied Smanjemanje almost came to fruition, only for Pomodoro to get up at the line to relegate Tyrone Zackey’s 50/1 outsider Smanjemanje into second place.

His predicted winner in 2011 English Garden went on to finish third behind Igugu and Pierre Jourdan.

Well known psychic and medium Sharataz Rai, also picked up on Whiteline Fever, running in saddlecloth number 4.

The Durban based universal spiritual master, who reads the crystal ball, tarot cards, palmistry, does healing, tea cup readings, angel divinity and sand divining, also picked up the numbers 9 (Shogunnar), 10 (E-Jet) and 13 (Wylie Hall) to play a positive roll in this year’s race.

“The colours blue, yellow, red and green are winning colours," she added. Whiteline fever runs in purple silks with a large red dot and red cuffs.

"Fashion at the July will be at its best,” concluded Rai, backing hopes that the theme "Posh? Oh My Gosh!" will be responsive for a striking day of high fashion at Greyville Racecourse.

While her passion and true gift lies in spiritual guidance, psychic, clairvoyant and medium Jenny Ren Stodel was happy to share her predictions for the first time for this year’s Vodacom Durban July.

“Off the top of my psychic head I am drawn to numbers 1 (last year’s winner Pomodoro), 6 (Astro news), 19 (Gothic) and 8 (Run For It) , but these are my own hunches. This kind of thing is not was I was born to do, but sometimes my guides are up for a bit of fun," said Stodel.

"I have checked the astrology chart for the event and it shows emotions will be running high possibly because of health of Nelson Mandela," she noted. The Durban July will host a special tribute to Nelson Mandela this year.

"Things seem to be well starred for numbers 7 (Tribal Dance) and 8 (current second favourite Run For It). The cards are in favour of number 7. My advice to the betting public would be for people to back the race favourite and their own favourite as well as numbers 7 and 8 - I’m a firm believer in trusting your own intuition.

"I used my pendulum over the numbers and it too swings wildly over numbers 7 and 8. I know nothing about horseracing, but I read the list of runners and I see Pomodoro is drawn at number 7 and Astro News is drawn at number 8, but then I see the horses are numbered and the number 7 belongs to Tribal Dance and 8 is Run For It, so I’ll leave the interpretations up to you to figure out," said Stodel.

As part of her comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach she also noted the horses bearing the numbers 3 and 15 would be coupled with potential winners. 3 (Hill Fifty Four) is coupled with Tribal Dance, while 15 (Jet Explorer) is coupled with Run For it.

She said she then also tried an old technique with mphepho smoke and it favours Capetown Noir as a winner followed by numbers 1, 15 and 6.

"The main thing is to have fun!" she concluded wisely.

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