The top three for the Classic Raceday for Women competition. From left: third place winner, Brenda Wearing with model, Eden Kadebe, first place winner, Makhosazane Ntshangase with model, Nonjabulo Dubazane and second place winner, Nompumalelo with model, Anele Hlengwa, at the 2019 Vodacom Durban July at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on Saturday.
A dramatic last-minute scratching of the race favourite, Hawaam, opened the door for 2018 winner, Do It Again, to become the fifth horse in the 123 years of the Vodacom Durban July to win back-to-back when he snuck home at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday.
Trained by Justin Snaith and ridden by Richard Fourie, the gelding was always going to be up there with the contenders and when Hawaam was scratched following an injury on entrance to the starting gate, the defending champion slipped into the favourites slot to bag the R4, 25 million.
Another pre-race contender, Rainbow Bridge, came home in second place while outsider, Twist of Fate bagged third place.
It was Eyes Wide Open, who came home in fourth place.Revellers, punters and fashionistas were entertained throughout the day at Greyville with fashion taking centre stage for most of the mornings action at the Lakes Lifestyle Village.
It was a day to remember for Makhosazane Ntshangase as she walked away with two fashion awards during the day.
She was the designer selected out of hundreds of initial applicants to win the 2019 Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award presented by Durban Fashion Fair award for her baby zebra-inspired design.
Ntshangase beat Siphiwo Treasure Buthelezi, who finished second, and Tanyaradzwa Tirivanhu for the top spot in the coveted fashion prize.
Ntshangase wasn’t done there and showed that she is an up and coming star when she also walked away with the award for the Classic Racewear for Women crown. It was an incredible day for the student for the Lindiwe Kuzwayo Academy of Fashion on Saturday.
Her design beat hundreds of on the day entrants with the judging starting at 9:30am.
In the other raceday fashion competitions, the amount of entrants was substantial as the designers showcased their take on the theme ‘Stars of Africa’.
In the Classic Racewear for Women, Nompumalelo finished behind Ntshangase in second while Brenda Wearing was third.The Classic Racewear for Men prize went to Motho Ngema with Senzo finishing second and M-Shade collecting the first of his two podium finishes.
Lindo Mathebulo created the outfit that was judged to be the best in the Most Striking Couple category. She beat Pregasen Govender and M-Shade who finished second and third respectively.
Finally in the Exceptional Raceday Hat or Fascinator category, it was Zandile Masondo, who dominated for the fourth time, winning first and second prize for her creations while Nana took home the third prize.
The Raceday Fashion competition was once again a popular attraction as hundreds of entrants had their creations displayed with hopes of winning one of the four categories at the 2019 Vodacom Durban July at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday.
The many entrants fought it out for a spot in the finals of the Classic Racewear for Men and Women, Most Sticking Couple and Exceptional Raceday Hat of Fascinator.
In the most popular category, Classic Racewear for Women, it was 2019 Young Designer winner, Makhosazane Ntshangase, who walked away with her second prize of the day with her zebra inspired outfit that was modelled by Nonjabulo Dubazane.
The inspiration for the outfit was drawn from the young zebra, just like her winning outfit in the Young Designer competition.
In only her second year of fashion design, Ntshangase was over the moon that she was the winner out of so many entrants.
“I can’t even explain how I feel right now. To see so many people coming and trying to win and I am the one that was chosen is incredible,” she said.
In the Classic Racewear for Men category, Motho Ngema was chosen as the winner for his outfit modelled by Ray Gola.
Designer, Senzo created the garment that finished in second place while perennial achiever M-Shade produced another podium finishing outfit to finish third.
The Most Striking Couple award went to Lindo and Musa Mathebula in outfits that were designed by Lindo herself.
Finishing in second was Pregasen Govender for his outfits modelled by Pearlene Reddy and George Lambrou while third went to M-Shade again.
The final category was the Exceptional Hat or Fascinator first place and second place went to the same designer.
Zandile Masondo was responsible for both pieces of headwear; she modelled the second place piece while Kwanele Mbatha modelled the winning one.
It is the fourth time that she has won the competition and Masondo said that the inspiration is not complicated.