Durban - Greyville Racecourse in downtown Durban is gearing up for another
capacity crowd as the 121st edition of the Durban July attracts
punters, socialites and fashion lovers from every corner of the country.
With weather forecast to mild and breezy, the stage is set for a magical day at
the races, against the backdrop of the raceday theme "The Colour of
Magic" that governs all the fashion, hospitality and décor element of the
The event will attract the country's 'A' list celebrities, beauty queens,
sporting icons, musicians and movie stars, rubbing shoulders with the captains
of industry and the who's who of the political world.
The pinnacle of the day is the running of the R4.25 million Durban July
to decide the name to be added to the Durban July sash beneath the name
of last year's winner, The Conglomerate.
The Joey Ramsden trained five year old could be the first thoroughbred to win
back-to-back titles since El Picha did the double for Geoff Woodruff in 1999
Punters have thrown their support behind the Brett Crawford trained Edict Of
Nantes since the final field was announced last week, but the late rally in
betting has been for the Sean Tarry trained three-year-old colt Al Sahem, and
stable-mate French Navy.
With the majority of the visitors to the Durban July flying and driving
in from Gauteng, the weekend is a bonanza for the local economy, which nets an
estimated R133 million in direct expenditure around the event, and around R260
million overall on their weekend stay in the province. This excludes the amount
in excess of R100 million that is expected to wagered on the totes on raceday.
There are winner on and off the track. With millions being spent on hosting
guests in the lavish suites and Marquee Village, there is also dogged
competition to try and win the award for the best decorated venue on raceday.
From 09:30 the track will be a swathe of colour as eager fashionistas try to
catch the judges eye to make the finals of the four raceday fashion
competitions for Classic Racewear (Male and Female), the Huawei Most Striking
Couple and Exceptional Raceday Hat or Fascinator.
At 13:00 the outfits put together by the eight household names that are part of
the Durban July Invited Designer Showcase will be presented on the
Action Stage, providing the days fashion highlight.
This will follow the long awaited announcement of the winners of the Durban July Young Designer Award and the Fashion Challenge, presented by Durban
Celebrating 15 years as the title sponsor of Africa's Greatest Horseracing
Event, Vodacom is staging the #VodacomRedDash4Cash competition, with cash and
Huawei smartphone prizes to be given away totalling R250 000.
To enter participants must listen to East Coast Radio or follow their social
media accounts to discover two locations at the Durban July where they
need to take a selfie and then post it to their own social media account.
Each selfie counts as a separate individual entry for the grand prize so the
more landmarks visited and selfies posted, the greater the chance of winning
the grand prize of R100 000.
Visitors to the Durban July will be able to enjoy the contemporary
catering and hospitality on offer at the new lifestyle village close to the
Action Stage, where a range of trendy food offerings will be available from a
fleet of food trucks.
Once the shadows fall across the infield, the evening will feature four races
under floodlights, before the mood switches to party mode.
The organisers of the event have extended the closing time of the event to 23:00, and urged those enjoying the evening festivities to be mindful of their
valuables at all time.
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
09:30 - Fashion on the Track - Competition judges will start scouting for
finalists. Entertainment on the Action Stage.
11:25 - RACE 1 GREYVILLE CONVENTION CENTRE Handicap - 1 400m - POLYTRACK
11:30 - Fashion on the Action Stage - Final of Classic Racewear Male and Female
Exceptional Raceday Hat or Fascinator
12:10 - RACE 2 MUMM Stakes - 1 400m POLYTRACK
12:15 - Fashion on the Action Stage - Final - HUAWEI Most Striking Couple. Winners of the Fashion
Challenge and the Young Designer Award will be announced.
12:55 - RACE 3 BETTING WORLD 2200 (Grade 3) - 2 200m – R500 000
13:00 - Fashion on the Action Stage - Showing of the Invited Designer Showcase
13:35 - RACE 4 SABC GOLD VASE (Grade 3) - 3 000m – R500 000
13:40 - Fashion on the Action Stage - Finalists in the HUAWEI Most Striking
Couple, Classic Racewear Female, Classic Racewear. Male and Exceptional Raceday
Hat or Fascinator categories will parade and the category winners will be
14:25 - RACE 5 GOLD CIRCLE GOLDEN SLIPPER (Grade 2) - 1 400m - R600 000
14:30 - SABC Sport on 3 Live Broadcast begins. On Track entertainment
15:10 - RACE 6 DURBAN GOLDEN HORSESHOE (Grade 2) - 1 400m - R600 000
15:40 - Jockeys enter the Parade Ring for introduction to the crowds.
15:45 - NOTE: The tunnel under the track at the finish will close until 16:55.
The tunnel at the 300m mark will remain open.
15:55 - Jockeys mount.
16:00 - Horses leave the Parade Ring.
16:10 - The South African National Anthem.
16:20 - RACE 7 THE DURBAN JULY (Grade 1) - 2 200m – R4 250 000
16:25 - Victory canter by the winner of the Durban July.
16:30 - The Durban July winner will enter the Gold Horseshoe lead-in area
in front of the main grandstand followed by the presentation
of silver salvers and the winners’ sashes.
17:15 - RACE 8 COMPENDIUM INSURANCE BROKERS HANDICAP - 1000m – R120 000 -
17:25 - Gold Circle proudly presents Night Racing for the balance of the Durban July Race meeting with entertainment between races
live from the Action Stage.
17:55 - RACE 9 KZN YEARLING SALE MILLION - 1 300m - R 1 000 000
18:35 - RACE 10 JONSSON WORKWEAR Garden Province Stakes (Grade 1) - 1 600m - R1
19:15 - RACE 11 eThekwini Sprint (3-year-olds) - 1 200m - R120 000 – POLYTRACK
19:55 - RACE 12 DAISY BUSINESS SOLUTIONS HANDICAP (Listed) - 1 600m - R150 000
More information can be found at www.vodacomdurbanjuly.co.za