There is still hope for Africa’s greatest horseracing event, the prestigious Vodacom Durban July to be held this year, amidst fears of the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns which have led to many events being cancelled or postponed to 2021.
This follows the announcement by the organisers of the festival on their official Instagram page that event which was billed to be hosted at the Greyville racecourse in Durban on July 4, 2020 will now be held on July 25, 2020, the last Saturday of the month.
In that regard, Gold Circle also pushed back the major feature race programme of the festival by a month, starting on Sunday May, 31 2020 and the one hundredth running of the season-ending Gold Cup race day, to Saturday 29 August.
“The Vodacom Durban July is the pinnacle of the South African racing calendar, and there is massive support from the racing community, sponsors, media and the many regular supporters who attend the event,” said Gold Circle CEO Michel Nairac.
“We are wholly aligned with the national plan to deal with this pandemic, and whatever regulations are in place at the time of the Vodacom Durban July will be strictly enforced, “he added.