04 July 2014 by Roy Barford

Durban July 2014: The fashion, the field and the fun

Don your best ‘Big Screen’ outfit, place your bets and enjoy one of South Africa’s biggest horse-racing events this weekend.

Jockeys and their horses at the Durban July. Image courtesy of Vodacom Durban July

Around 55 000 people are expected to attend the Vodacom Durban July and it is estimated that more than R200-million will be spent on bets. The main race will be run at 4.20pm, but get there much earlier to mingle, see the curtain-raiser races, and soak up the atmosphere. 

Horses and fabulous fashion at the Durban July. Image courtesy of the event organisers

Tickets start from R200 and are available at Greyville on the day, although it is advisable to purchase tickets in advance. The event website has all the information about buying tickets.

The first race will be run at 11.25am and various fashion awards will be handed out just after noon.

Trusted weather forecasting website WindGURU predicts a sunny Saturday for Durban, with temperatures peaking at 26 degrees Celsius, dropping to around 17 degrees in the evening. 

This year's theme, 'The Big Screen', allows you to choose an outfit inspired by any of your favourite films. 

There is no official after party this year, but various bars and nightclubs in Durban are hosting unofficial after parties. For a range of venues, head to Florida Road, and if you like your music loud and lively, Origin in Clark Road is the place to be until the early hours of Sunday morning.

The video below sums up the highlights of last year's Vodacom Durban July:

The field for the main race is listed below, courtesy of the Vodacom Durban July website.

  • 13. King of Pain (trained by Joey Ramsden)
  • 15. Cape Town Noir (trained by Dean Kannemeyer)
  • 18. Tellina (trained by Geoff Woodruff)
  • 7. Whiteline Fever (trained by Sean Tarry)
  • 8. Wylie Hall (trained by Weho Marwing)
  • 2. Espumanti (trained by Mike de Kock)
  • 16. Punta Arenas (trained by Stan Elley)
  • 17. Cherry on the Top (trained by Ormond Ferraris)
  • 14. Legislate (trained by Justin Snaith)
  • 10. Louis the King (trained by Geoff Woodruff)
  • 5. Rake's Chestnut (trained by Geoff Woodruff)
  • 9. Halve the Deficit (trained by Sean Tarry)
  • 19. Jet Belle (trained by Glen Kotzen)
  • 11. Captain America (trained by Brett Crawford)
  • 4. In the Fast Lane (trained by Justin Snaith)
  • 3. Futura (trained by Brett Crawford)

For any information you require about the event, visit the Vodacom Durban July website.

Having fun at the Durban July. Image courtesy of Vodacom Durban July

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