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    • 25 Apr 2016

    2016 Accommodation Limited Availability

    As happens every year, accommodation is at a premium and this year is no different. We are just over 2 months away and we have started to sell out of rooms already.

    Oyster Box is sold out, Zimbali resort we have 5 rooms left, Our popular Fever Package at 64 on Gordon has 6 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 deposits down now.
    As a reminder of what is available:
    Zimbali Resort
    64 on Gordon
    Riverside Hotel
    Umhlanga Gateway and
    St James on Venice
    Go here to see all Durban July packages and Book Now.

    • 27 Jan 2016

    2016 Accommodation Packages Now available

    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.

    • 11 DEC 13

    What's in a name?

    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.

    • 31 March 2016

    2016 Durban July Theme

    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"

    • 11 DEC 15
    The finishing straight at Greyville

    Entrants for The Vodacom Durban July

    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
    2/3rds through 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

    • 12 April 15

    Durban July After Party

    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.