Durban July – TKZN

Fast facts to get you in on the Durban July hype

The Durban July is not just a key SA horse racing event for sports betting enthusiasts. It is also THE fashion and entertainment event on the African continent that is frequented by socialites and fashionistas – from around the globe. We share some fast facts to get you in on the hype ahead of the upcoming 2016 Durban July.

 

Fact#1: In 2016, the Durban July will celebrate 120 years

The Durban July was formerly called the Durban July Handicap and was established in 1897. Ever since, it has consistently grown in prestige and following year on year – among the horse racing South Africa fraternity and beyond. It is no longer just one of the fun things to do in Durban, it is THE thing to do in Durban.

 

Fact #2: The Durban July is the richest horse racing event in Africa

In 2015, the race had a mouth-watering purse of no less than R3, 5 million. As the entries continue to roll in, the stakes for the 2016 Durban July has already exceeded that number. According to latest reports, it is already more than R4, 25 million and growing.

 

Fact #3: This is the fashion playground of the who’s who

The pre-race fashion events have become as popular as the racing event itself. Every year, there is a dress-up theme and local celebs and the crème de la crème of society use this as a platform to showcase their fashion sense, claim those top prizes, and most importantly, steal the limelight. It is said that the who’s who is bringing their A-game to this year’s fashion table.

 

Fact #4: There is no unlucky number 13 at the Durban July

A lot of people believe that the number 13 brings misfortune, but at this special event, it means the contrary. Here is an outline of the story behind it:

  • In 1960 there was an international rugby game the day before the Durban July Handicap
  • During the game, left wing Hennie van Zyl scored both tries for the Springboks
  • He was wearing a number 13 jersey
  • At the end of the game, the score was 13-0

Just a week later, a horse named ‘Left Wing’, who wore a number 13 saddlecloth, won the big race!

 

Fact #5: The feature race is 2,200 metres long

The length of the main race was originally a mile (approximately 1,609 metres). This has increased over the years and is currently on a distance of 2,200 metres.

 

Programme of Events

09:30 Fashion on the Track – Competition judges will start scouting for finalists near the Winning Post. Entertainment will be provided from the Action Stage.
11:25 RACE 1 –     “The July” 120th Anniversary Handicap – 1400m – R100 000 – POLYTRACK
11:30 Fashion on the Action Stage – Final – Classic Racewear – Male.
Fashion on the Action Stage – Final – Exceptional Raceday Hat or Fascinator
Fashion on the Action Stage – Final – Classic Racewear – Female.
12:10 RACE 2 –     “The Sea Cottage Saga” 50 Years Handicap – 1400m – R100 000 – POLYTRACK
12:15 Fashion on the Action Stage – Final – Most Striking Couple.
Fashion on the Action Stage – Winners of the Fashion Challenge and the Young Designer Award will be announced.
12:55 RACE 3 –     The Delta Airlines 2200 (Grade 3) – 2200m – R500 000 
13:00 Fashion on the Action Stage – Showing of the Invited Designer Showcase creations.
13:35 RACE 4 –     SABC Gold Vase (Grade 3) – 3000m – R500 000
13:40 Fashion on the Action Stage – Finalists in the Most Striking Couple, Classic Racewear Female, Classic Racewear Male and Exceptional Raceday Hat or Fascinator categories will parade and the category winners will be announced.
14:25 RACE 5 –     Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper (Grade 2) – 1400m – R600 000
14:30 SABC Sport on 3 Live Broadcast begins.
15:10 RACE 6 –     Durban Golden Horseshoe (Grade 2) – 1400m – R600 000    
15:40
15:45
Jockeys enter the Parade Ring for introduction to the crowds.
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
16:10
Horses leave the Parade Ring.
The South African National Anthem.
16:20

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

5 Victory canter by the winner of the Vodacom Durban July.
16:30 The Vodacom 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 (Listed) – 1600m – R120 000
17:25 Gold Circle proudly presents Night Racing for the balance of the Vodacom Durban July Racemeeting with entertainment between races live from the Action Stage.
17:55 RACE 9 –     KZN Yearling Sale Million – 1300m – R 1 000 000
18:35 RACE 10 –   JONSSON WORKWEAR Garden Province Stakes (Grade 1) – 1600m –  R1 000 000
19:15 RACE 11 –   tabGOLD Sprint (3-year-olds) – 1200m – R120 000 – POLYTRACK
19:55 RACE 12 –   Daisy Business Solutions (Thukela) Handicap (Listed) – 1600m – R150 000 – POLYTRACK