Friday, 8 July 2005

The Durban July


South Africa's premier event on the horse racing calendar “The Durban July” was again held in magnificent splendor worthy of the occasion. Since its early beginnings in July 1897 it has evolved into a gala of champagne racing, high fashion, elegance and fine cuisine. The main race is contested over 2.2km and boasts a payout of around 2 million Rand. For only the second time in its history it resulted in a dead-heat with favourite Pocket Power having shared the spoils with British bred filly, Dancer’s Daughter.

The superb Greyville racecourse home to the festivity essentially offers a fun day out where knowledge of horse racing is not a prerequisite. The last four races are run under floodlights ending with the Durban's traditional race 13. This is a wager where losing your shirt along with your trousers your sox and your jocks has a literal implication. For some, especially on a cold night, this is adventure activity at its most extreme.