2016 Race results
- 1.The Conglomerate
- 3.Mac de Lago
- 4.It’s My Turn
- 5.Saratoga Dancer
Although you can watch great sporting events on television there is no substitute for being right there, right in the thick of things
to experience the sights and the sounds, that comes with live action.
On the first Saturday of every July nearly 60 000 people head towards Greyville to experience the "July Fever". And it's not all about the horses! It is a fashion and entertainment extravaganza where everybody wants to be seen.
Final Field details for the 2016 Durban July are here
As happens every year, accommodation is at a premium and this year is no different. We are just over2 weeks away and we have almost Sold out of rooms.
See below for details.
Oyster Box, Riverside and Zimbali resort have sold out and we only have a few resort only has a couple rooms left, Our popular Fever Package at 64 on Gordon has a few rooms left and the other properties are now heading towards single figures. If you have not booked your rooms for the weekend, we would advise you to get your bookings in now.
As a reminder of what is available over The July weekend:
Zimbali Resort ( 2 )
64 on Gordon ( Sold Out )
Oyster Box ( Sold Out )
Umhlanga Gateway ( Sold Out )
St James on Venice ( 2 rooms )
Go here to see all Durban July packages and Book Now.
We have put together a range of packages to suit peoples budgets and preferences. The 2016 July Fever package is just round the corner from Greyville and the Florida Road area at 64 on Gordon; The Riverside package is a 5 to 10 minute drive away just across the Umgeni; the Gateway Hotel package is in Umhlanga Rocks next to the Gateway "Theatre of Shopping" and there is our ever popular Zimbali resort package.
All packages include 2 nights accommodation and a transfer to The Durban July.
As you have come to expect, you are able to add hospitality options and any other extras like car hire or flights or extended accommodation.
Do not leave your accommodation too late. Book Now.
In 1897 The Vodacom Durban July Horse race started life as the Durban Winter Handicap. By 1928 Someone obviously realised that Durban
didn't have much of a winter and it was changed to the Durban July Handicap (probably... it sounds a plausible reason?)
Then during the war years, from 1943 to 1945 it reverted back to it's original name ( When warm material was scarce maybe...) Then in 1946 it went back to calling itself the Durban July Handicap.
In 1963 Rothmans cigarettes took on a sponsorship role for the event ( Gunston cigarettes sponsored another iconic Durban event 6 years later, The Gunston 500 Surf event) and it was known as the Rothmans July Handicap until 1989 when it changed to the Rothmans July.
A Year after Gunston lost it's surf event sponsorship, Rothmans lost the Durban July and in 2001 the race was run known as, The Durban July.
In 2002, mobile phone operator Vodacom climbed on board as the major sponsor and the race name was changed to "The Vodacom Durban July" which it is still know as.
The Theme for the Durban July is one of the main aspects leading up to the 1st Saturday of each July at Greyville. A great deal of effort is put in by the models walking the ramps at the fashion shows, the celebrity's at the "to be seen at" marquee's and even the casual punters visiting for the day.
2016's theme is "Leader of the pack"
2016 entrants are still to be announced but this is usually the order of things
Mid April - Announcement of Entries
Mid May- First Supplementary Entries
Mid June - Final Supplementary Entries
Mid June -- Weights Published
2/3rds through June - Declarations close
23 June - Announcement of Final Field and Barrier Draw
NB: Two Reserve Runners will be announced which will replace any horse withdrawn ( date to be announced _
Around 9 days before the face - Vodacom Durban July Gallops at Greyville Racecourse
Did you think Durban July Day was about horse racing? It is one of the most anticipated events not only in the KZN social calendar but
South Africa’s as well, and 2015 Durban July lived up to that anticipation.
As soon as we have details of where the party's are going to be for 2016, we will let you know.