The fashion aspect of the Vodacom Durban July is always ‘on-point’ and a major highlight.
Amidst the cacophony of the scintillating sounds and sights at the Vodacom Durban July, the city’s biggest sporting and social event of the year, will be hundreds of race-goers, revellers and socialites at the Greyville Racecourse on Saturday.
Also on track for the first time, South Africa’s iconic luxury train, the Blue Train, will ferry 100 high-end corporate leaders and captains of industry, accompanied by their partners, to Africa’s greatest horseracing extravaganza and cross-cultural gatherings, themed the ‘Stars of Africa’, on Saturday.
“The route from Pretoria to Durban and back to our home station has some of the most amazing and breathtaking views of the South African landscape,”said Herbert Masheula, brand communications and marketing manager.
The train rolls into the Durban Station on Saturday morning and departs on Sunday evening. This annual pilgrimage is an extraordinary event by any standards.
If the traditional gallops of the 18-card main race, boasting a winning and runners-up purse of R4, 25 million, is anything to go by, many among the prized pack of thoroughbreds will be in fine fighting form at the 4.20pm crack of the gun start – including veteran racehorse owner, Roy Moodley’s entry, Roy Had Enough.
The businessman’s stallion is ranked an unlucky 13, but this feisty wild card stallion could see jockey, Marco van Rensburg also putting the winning smile on trainer by Frank Robinson.
The main centre of attraction at the landmark track, to be known as Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse after brand communications chief, Devin Heffer wrote a R10 million cheque for the naming rights to Gold Circle’s mecca of horseracing, will be transformed into a majestic melting pot of the country’s biggest human capital-cum-sporting social asset.
The arena of sporting and social extravaganza has become the city’s new coliseum of 123-year-old horseracing, socialising and fashion tradition.
The first Saturday in the July dateline is booked in advance.
Corporate head honchos, socialites, political movers and shakers and the real McCoys of the moneyed game pitch up fashionably dressed to network and wax lyrical about their business and pleasure prospects for a better life while experiencing the thrills and spills of thoroughbred horseracing, good cuisine and finely-blended beverages.
The famed ‘July’ is quintessentially a narrative of different strokes for different people, the striding men and women of a changing society and stunning stallions making a dash for the winning post.