A capacity crowd, crisp winter weather, a track full of stars along with celebrities and socialites sharing the 123rd running of the Vodacom Durban July at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday 6 July will ensure the ‘Stars of Africa’ align for Africa’s Greatest Horseracing Event.

Racing aficionados are eagerly anticipating what is being seen as one of the most competitive and unpredictable Vodacom Durban Julys in many years, with any one of the eighteen runners in the R4,25 million iconic race capable of shading race favourites Hawwaam and last year’s champion, Do It Again.

Despite the economic downturn, the attraction of the year’s premier social and sporting occasion seems to have been unaffected, as tens of thousands of visitors from every corner of the country converge on Durban for the weekend of festivities.

With another massive contingent of Gauteng visitors packing into the regions premium hotels, restaurants, clubs and taverns, the economic churn experienced by the regional economy is expected to reach close to R300 million.

The infield Marquee Village and the dozens of plush suites in the grandstand will be a blaze of colour, as décor specialists strive to out-do each other decorating each venue to the raceday theme, ‘Stars of Africa’.

That theme has also governed the vibrant pre-raceday fashion programme and will ensure that fashionistas who thrive on the limelight of the Vodacom Durban July will not lack inspiration.

The new hospitality hub at The Lakes Lifestyle Village, that was introduced last year to popular acclaim, is back bigger and better, with pop-up restaurants, designer bars and a large number of totes to make betting on the day easier.

The Action Stage will see the announcement of the winner of the Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award presented by Durban Fashion Fair, as well as the eagerly anticipated showing of the Invited Designer and Amazing Africa Collections.

From 9:30am fashion fanatics eager to be noticed and taken into consideration for the 4 public raceday fashion competitions – Classic Racewear for Men and Women, Best Dressed Couple and the Exceptional Raceday Hat or Fascinator – will need to catch the eye of the judges in the Parade Ring.

Each of the 12 races on the card will be followed by fashion and entertainment on the Action Stage, culminating with well-known DJs presented by MC ProVerb and chart-topper Prince Kaybee and AKA performing live, as evening settles over the Hollywoodbets Greyville.

The build-up to the main feature race always creates an electric atmosphere. Skydivers from the SA Legion will drop into the main straight and before the running of the Vodacom Durban July, the assembled racegoers will unite for the singing of the national anthem.

It is a day when problems are forgotten and fun-loving South Africans from all walks of life share in this iconic annual sporting and social occasion to enjoy seeing the ‘Stars Of Africa’ shine.

2019 PROGRAMME OF EVENTS:

09h30 Fashion on Parade – Competition judges will start scouting for Raceday Fashion Finalists in the Parade Ring behind the Main Grandstand.

11h25 RACE 1 WELCOME to Hollywoodbets GREYVILLE FM 88 HANDICAP (F & M) – POLYTRACK

12h05 RACE 2 GATEWAY THEATRE OF SHOPPING PINNACLE STAKES – POLYTRACK
Fashion Competition – Classic Racewear – Female and Classic Racewear – Male on stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.

12h50 RACE 3 BETTING WORLD 2200 (Grade 3) – 2200m – R500 000
Fashion – Announcement of the winners of Classic Racewear – Female and Classic Racewear – Male Fashion Competitions on stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.
Fashion Competition – Most Striking Couple and Exceptional Raceday Hat or Fascinator on stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.
Fashion – Announcement of the winners of Most Striking Couple and Exceptional Raceday Hat or Fascinator Fashion Competitions on stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.

13h35 RACE 4 DStv GOLD VASE (Grade 3) – 3000m – R500 000
Fashion Competition – Young Designer Award on stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.
Fashion – Announcement of the winner of the Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award.

14h25 RACE 5 ZULU KINGDOM EXPLORER GOLDEN SLIPPER (Grade 2) – 1400m – R600 000
Fashion – Invited Designer Showcase on stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.

14h30 DStv Live Broadcast begins.

15h10 RACE 6 DURBAN GOLDEN HORSESHOE (Grade 2) – 1400m – R600 000
Fashion – Amazing Africa Collection on stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.

15h25 The countdown to the 2019 Vodacom Durban July begins

15h35 Jockeys enter the Parade Ring for introduction to the crowds.

15h50 Jockeys mount.

15h55 Horses leave the Parade Ring.

16h10 The South African National Anthem.

16h20 RACE 7 THE VODACOM DURBAN JULY (Grade 1) – 2200m – R4 250 000

16h20 Victory canter by the winner of the Vodacom Durban July.

16h30 The Vodacom Durban July winner will enter the Gold Horseshoe Winner’s Box in front of
the grandstand followed by the presentation of silver salvers and the Winner’s sashes.
Fashion – Fabulous Fan Favourite on stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.
Entertainment on the stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.

17h25 Gold Circle proudly presents Night Racing for the balance of the racemeeting.

Entertainment on the stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.
17h30 RACE 8 ENGEN PERFORMANCE STAKES – TURF (Listed) – 1600M – R150 000

18h10 RACE 9 JONSSON WORKWEAR Garden Province Stakes (Grade 1) – 1600m – R1 000 000
The Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes winner will enter the Gold Horseshoe Winner’s Box in front of the grandstand followed by the presentation.
Entertainment on the stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.

18h50 RACE 10 KZN YEARLING SALE MILLION – 1300M – R1 000 000
Prince Kaybee on the stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.

19h30 RACE 11 COMPENDIUM INSURANCE BROKERS eTHEKWINI SPRINT (3-year-olds) – POLYTRACK
Entertainment on the stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.

20h10 RACE 12 Hollywoodbets GREYVILLE BRIGHT FUTURE MR 86 HANDICAP – POLYTRACK
AKA on the stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.