Vodacom Durban July Media Release

 No: VDJ1719

28 June 2017

Embargo : None

 Written by : Dave Macleod

Greyville gearing up for Vodacom Durban July magic

Durban - The Marquee Village has mushroomed into life as Greyville Racecourse prepares for another sell-out Vodacom Durban July on Saturday 1 July.

Over thirty marquees, including three double-decker marquees - a record for the African continent - now make up the fabled Marquee Village and truck-loads of furniture, catering equipment, sound and lighting gear and decor are being offloaded under the watchful gaze of the interior designers and function co-ordinators in charge of each hospitality venue.

While the goal is to provide their guests and clients with a memorably lavish raceday experience, for many of the venue managers there is always the desire to try and win the coveted prize for the best decorated venue.

The raceday theme "The Colour Of Magic" has provided scope for a great deal of creative interpretation, and guests in the Marquee Village can anticipate the event slogan "Expect The Unexpected" to be realised in front of their own eyes.

New to the event this year is a contemporary lifestyle village close to the Action Stage where spectators and punters can enjoy a range bars catering for typical stylish raceday drinks alongside a wide variety of foods trucks offering cutting edge food options.

The picnic sites have once again proved to be very popular with the more informally inclined socialites.

A new entrance for all picnic site holders and their guests, who are bringing in hebcoolers, cooler bags or containers of any kind, has been created in Avondale Road close to the Avondale/DLI Avenue circle. This is the only gate that will be open for the entire day to allow entry with these containers. Gate 15 in Mitchell Crescent will also be open for picnic site holders until 9am.

While punters gather every morsel of useful information in their quest to pick the winner of the R4,25 million Vodacom Durban July, others factor in a number of alternative methods to predict the winner.

Some turn to mystics and tea leaf readers, while tarot cards readers and fortune tellers also do a roaring trade at this time of year.

One of the race's traditions is the bean forecasting, which starts with twenty identical beans being planted as soon as the final field is announced, each bean being allocated one of the runners in the main race.

As raceday draws closer, the progress made by the growing beans is meant to give a clue to the winner of the race on Saturday afternoon.

In this year's crop of beans are to be believed, it will be a very close finish, with Marinaresco right in the action, but being shaded on the line by French Navy.

The 2017 Vodacom Durban July takes place at Greyville Racecourse on Saturday 1 July. More information can be found at www.vodacomdurbanjuly.co.za 


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Gill Mostert, Gold Circle's PR and Communication manager, with the leading bean in the bean forecasting tradition at Greyville Racecourse, suggesting that French Navy could be the winner of the Vodacom Durban July on Saturday afternoon from Marinaresco. Dave Macleod/
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The Duncan Howells trained Saratoga Dancer takes time off at the Ashburton Training Centre to get toi know Olwethu Cele (left, wearing an outfit by House of St Luke), and Suné Botes (right, wearing a Sadie Bosworth Smith gown). John Lewis/
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The calm before the storm. Over thirty marquees make up the 2017 Marquee Village, gearing up for a capacity crowd at the Vodacom Durban July on Saturday. Dave Macleod/
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