2015 Vodacom Durban July: Africa’s greatest horseracing event

Don’t miss out on South Africa’s top horse racing event. This year’s Vodacom Durban July promises to be a memorable occasion. If you attend the 2015 Vodacom Durban July, you can expect to be dazzled by the latest fashion trends and flashy horse riding gear. Your event tickets will put you in the midst of the excitement so you can see some of Africa’s best horses in action. Whether you pick a spot right next to the race track or choose to relax at one of the on-site restaurants, the atmosphere at the event is electric.

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This year’s event will take place on the 4th July. Make sure you get your Vodacom Durban July tickets so that you don’t miss out on any of the excitement. You can find tickets for sale to the event on Junk Mail, or if you have tickets for sale, place a free ad on Junk Mail and sell it fast. Event tickets can be purchased for R220 from Computicket and from 15 June Durban July 2015 tickets are for sale at the Greyville racecourse office. To avoid traffic congestions on the day, you can pre buy a Park and Ride ticket for R80. A Ride to the Races ticket will give you a parking spot in the vicinity of Sun Coast as well as a ride to the event and back. A limited amount of tickets will be presold at R150 for Golf Course parking.

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The Vodacom Durban July will be held at the Greyville Racecourse. The venue offers seating near the race track and refreshments are available from the on-site restaurants. The corporate suits offer a luxurious area to relax and entertain guests. There are also stunning venues in the Marquee Village. While these facilities are typically reserved far in advance, if you have missed this opportunity there are other options available. Both “The Paddock” and Shorthead Restaurant offer dining opportunities on the day. Food vendors will be selling a variety of meals throughout the event and you can buy refreshments from one of the on-site bars. The popular Red Carpet section offers a relaxing area near the finish of the race.

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The first July took place in 1897 and since then the event has grown into a popular occasion which is anticipated by horse racing enthusiasts across the country. Over the years the race distance has been adjusted and it was set at its current distance of 2200m in 1970. For the main event some of the country’s top thoroughbreds will compete for first place in the Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July Race. Crowds of people will flock to the betting stands on the day of the event. While thousands of people will place their bets at the event, millions of others will be chancing their luck around South Africa. If you don’t want to miss out, place your bet in advance. To make an informed bet it is advisable to review the details of the past winners. The only two-year old to win at the July was during the 1911 race. Three-year-olds have claimed 34 wins while four-year olds have the highest success rate of 43 wins. Five-year-olds have come in first 26 times while six-year-olds have achieved eleven wins. The July winners include five six year olds. There have only been four back-to back wins at this race which includes Campanaio, Corriecrian, Milesia Pride and most recently El Picha.

If you have bought your Vodacom Durban July tickets, you can start the day with Fashion on the Track where the judges will scout for winning talent while guests can enjoy entertainment at the Action Stage. Next up is the Pipes and Drums of the KZN military tattoo. The first race starts at 11:25 and the main race will take place at 16:20. First up on the Vodacom Durban July 2015 Log is Futura who is trained by Justin Snaith. Other horses that feature on the log include Legislate, Majmu, Legal Eagle and Pine Princess. Dynastic Power, trained by Stan Elley, is also included on this year’s log.

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Throughout the event visitors can view the work of talented fashion designers on the Action Stage. Fashion is an important part of the Vodacom Durban July and the theme for the Durban July 2015 is The Captains Table. Leading up to the event, the Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award and July Fashion Challenge will take place. The Vodacom Durban July Invited Designer Showcase and July Fashion experience will also take place prior to the event. On the day of the race there will be plenty of competitions which offer guests the chance to check out some of South Africa’s top fashion talent.

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While the Vodacom Durban July does not have an official after party, there are unofficial parties which continue the festivities after the races. Details of the parties can be found in the media.

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Make sure that you get a spot to soak up the action at this year’s Vodacom Durban July by finding event tickets for sale on Junk Mail. Interested in selling your Vodacom Durban July tickets? Place a free ad on www.JunkMail.co.za today.

Annabel Schoeman

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