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The Vodacom Durban July

Vodacom Durban July

It is that time of the year again – start preparing for the Vodacom Durban July.

Held on 1 July at Greyville Racecourse, this is one that cannot be missed. The race, fashion and activities are all set to be a step up from previous years and the day offers an unforgettable experience for old-timers and newbies alike. Entertain the family with a day out at the races with extravagant fashion shows, or spend the night in a top-class VIP tent with some of South Africa’s biggest names.

The Event

Standard tickets are currently priced at R220 and available at Computicket or Greyville Racecourse.

At such a great price, it is tough to pass up the opportunity to get in on the action and experience the fashion, racing and activities first hand at Greyville’s iconic Durban July.

The Grade 1 running for R4.25 million – the adrenaline around the crowd on the day will be palpable.

Such a popular event brings thousands of people each year, and issues such as parking and security do arise. If it is important to you, book an online golf course parking ticket from Computicket for R170 before the race, this allows you safe and private parking on the day.

The Racing

The Race

The Grade 1 set at R4.25 million, the 2200m race is set to be one of the most exciting yet. With favourites like Edict of Nantes, Al Sahem and Marinaresco running this year – spectators and betters alike are in for a nail biter.

The final field announcement is set for 20 June 2017.

The top 5 horses this year to look out for:

1. Marinaresco

Last year’s runner-up in the July, Marinaresco was granted automatic entry into this year’s race. Trained by Candice-Bass-Robinson, this horse is one to watch.

Current odds are sitting at 7/1

2. Al Sahem

Trainer Sean Tarry has entered 16 horses this year, with Al Sahem being the favourite. The Bay colt has current antepost odds of 6/1.

3. Edict of Nantes

Stirring up talk with impressive runs in the Cape Classic and Selangor Cup this year, Edict of Nantes earns its place in the top 5. Current odds sitting at 5/1.

4. Black Arthur

Winner of the last KRA Guineas, Black Arthur is said to be ridden by 4 time race winner Anthony Delpech. Odds sitting at 10/1 – this horse and jockey combo should not be ignored.

5. Elusive Silva

One of Justin Snaiths entries, Elusive Silva is sitting as a favourite for the race. Winner of the Cape Winter Derby and son of Silvano/Esprit – odds are sitting at 14/1 for this Chestnut Gelding.

The Fashion

The Fashion

The theme for this year’s Durban July is The Colour of Magic.

The fashion competitors, suites and marquees are all under prep ensuring the glam and extravagance is at its best this year with the  new theme. The much anticipated fashion displays and competitions on the day are sure to be “magical”, and next to the actual racing has become one of the main attractions of the Durban July.

Giving great exposure to up and coming young designers and well-known names alike, the Durban July fashion scene is one of the most important of the year and will not disappoint.