Posh Vodacom Durban July will honour Madiba

Durban – A drizzling build up prompted some changed to the programme for the 117th running of the Vodacom Durban July at Greyville Racecourse on Saturday 6 July will take the raceday backs to its traditional routes, and also pay tribute to former president Nelson Mandela.

Rain during the week left the track heavy, forcing Gold Circle to take the precautionary measure of cancelling the first two races on the card, and shortening the distance of race 4 as the track crossing at gate 16 has been affected by the rains.

Despite the chilly build-up, the weather forecast for the day is good, with clear skies and temperatures set to rise to 24 degrees, almost ideal conditions for the anticipated sell-out crowd.

With a sell-out crowd of 50 000 assured at the Avondale Road racetrack in Durban, the raceday continues to expand its reputation as Africa’s Greatest Horseracing Event. With the massive crowd of punters, fashionistas and socialites sure to be preoccupied with the condition of Nelson Mandela that has gripped the globe, the raceday has taken bold steps, in consultation with the provinces premier, to include the former president as an integral part of the event.

Dr Zweli Mkhize, said “ It will be a fitting gesture as our beloved Madiba is in the prayers of all of us globally. We all love and salute him”.

In the build-up to the main race the crowd will be asked to observe 67 seconds of silent prayer in respect and honour of Mandela, while images of the statesman are flashed on the courses huge television screen. Each spectator entering Greyville Racecourse will be given a special heart shaped emblem honouring the Father of the Nation.

Vodacom Durban July expected to be a sellout

A sell-out crowd of 50 000 is assured for the Vodacom Durban July as Greyville Racecourse prepares to return to horseracing’s tradition roots with a raceday theme of “Posh? Oh My Gosh!”. (Gameplan Media)

Vodacom Durban July Princess Charlene

Princess Charlene of Monaco will enjoy the Vodacom Durban July in the company of Gold Circle chairman Robert Mauvis. (pic: Vettri.net via Gameplan Media)