Home to Africa’s greatest horseracing event, the Vodacom Durban July, Greyville Racecourse hosts a total of 13 Grade One races during Champions Season which offers more than R46 million in race stakes.
Framed in the background by the many hotels of Durban’s Golden Mile, Greyville Racecourse is situated at the bottom of Durban’s Berea and surrounds the green expanse of Royal Durban Golf Club’s championship course.
The right-handed track is pear-shaped and covers a distance of 2800 metres with 2400 metres under floodlights. A road from the Berea to the centre of the city passes under the course.
The construction of the two subways to accommodate this road resulted in the course having a number of unusual gradient features: –
• an uphill section from the 2 200 metre mark up to the 1 800 metre mark.
• thereafter a gentle downward slope to about the 1200 metre mark.
• an uphill section follows from the 1000 metre mark into the straight.
• an almost level 450 metre final straight to Greyville’s famed winning post.
On 11 June 2014 Greyville raced for the first time on its new Polytrack. Positioned inside the turf track the 2000 metre Polytrack, which accommodates a maximum field size of twelve, has proved very popular. Four race will be contested on the Polytrack on Vodacom Durban July Day. Polytrack racing takes place mainly on scheduled Friday nights from September to April and occasionally during Champions Season.
At the Vodacom Durban July racemeeting four of the races will be run under lights – two on the Polytrack and two on turf.
Big Screen Viewing
The two massive permanent television screens positioned in the infield, which bring all the racing action closer to patrons, will be complemented by additional big screens throughout the Marquee Village and Grandstand areas including a screen which is situated in the Parade Ring.