The 2019 schedule

    09:30 Fashion on Parade – Competition judges will start scouting for Raceday Fashion Finalists in the Parade Ring behind the Main Grandstand.
       
    11:25 RACE 1 Welcome to Hollywoodbets Greyville – POLYTRACK
    12:05 RACE 2 GATEWAY THEATRE OF SHOPPING – POLYTRACK
      Fashion – Amazing Africa Collection on stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.
    12:50 RACE 3: BETTING WORLD 2200 (Grade 3) – 2200m – R500 000
      Fashion – Best Dress Male and Best Dressed Female on stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.
    13:35 RACE 4 DSTV GOLD VASE (Grade 3) – 3000m – R500 000
    Fashion – Best Dressed Couple and Most Striking Hat or Fascinator on stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.
    14:25 RACE 5 TKZN GOLDEN SLIPPER (Grade 2) – 1400m – R600 000
    Fashion – Young Designer Award and Invited Designer Showcase on stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.
    DSTV Live Broadcast begins.
    15:10 RACE 6 DURBAN GOLDEN HORSESHOE (Grade 2) - 1400m - R600 000
      Fashion – Fabulous Fan Favourite on stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.
    15:25 Race Prep for the main event begins
    15.45 NOTE: The tunnel under the track at the finish will close until 16:55. The tunnel at the 300m mark will remain open.
    15:35 Jockeys enter the Parade Ring for introduction to the crowds.
    15:50 Jockeys mount.
    15:55 Horses leave the Parade Ring.
    16.10 The playing of the South African National Anthem.
    16:20 RACE 7 THE VODACOM DURBAN JULY (Grade 1) - 2200m – R4 250 000
    16:20 Victory canter by the winner of the Vodacom Durban July.
    16:30 The Vodacom Durban July winner will enter the Gold Horseshoe lead-in area in front of the main grandstand followed by the presentation of silver salvers and the winners’ sashes.
    Entertainment on the stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.
    17:15 RACE 8 ENGEN PERFORMANCE STAKES – TURF (Listed) – 1600M – R150 000
    17:25 Gold Circle proudly presents Night Racing for the balance of the Vodacom Durban July Race meeting with entertainment between races live from the Action Stage.
    17.55 RACE 9 JONSSON WORKWEAR Garden Province Stakes (Grade 1) – 1600m – R1 000 000
      The Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes winner will enter the Gold Horseshoe Winner’s Box in front of the grandstand followed by the presentation.
    Entertainment on the stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.
    18.35 RACE 10 KZN YEARLING SALES MILLION – 1300M – R1 000 000.
    Prince Kaybee on the stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.
    19:15 RACE 11 COMPENDIUM eTHEKWINI SPRINT (3-year-olds) POLYTRACK
    Entertainment on the stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.
    19:55 RRACE 12 Hollywoodbets “GET OUT STAKES”
    AKA on the stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.
      Race 13..... Stick around for the Naked Butt Handicap ( definitely not official )
       

    Only four horses have ever won the Durban July Handicap back-to-back.

    • Campanajo (1897, 1898)
    • Corriecrian (1907, 1908)

    • Milesia Pride (1949, 1950)
    • El Picha (1999, 2000)
    One other horse namely Pamphlet won twice in 1918 and 1920

    Most wins by a trainer:

    • Sydney C. Laird - 7 : (1961, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1978)
    • Terence M. Millard - 6 : (1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990)
    Trainer F. Murray won the race four years in a row from 1910 through 1913.

    Most wins by a jockey:

    • 4 : Harold "Tiger" Wright - (1942, 1947, 1949, 1955), Anton Marcus (1993, 2000, 2005, 2007)
    • 3 : Bertie Hayden (1971, 1973, 1978), Felix Coetzee (1984, 1988, 1990)
    Of note to North American racing fans, the 1963 race was won by Colorado King who subsequently raced in California and won the 1964 Hollywood Gold Cup plus set a World Record for nine furlongs in winning the American Handicap at Hollywood Park Racetrack. As well, the 2002 winner, Ipi Tombe, became the first horse bred in Zimbabwe to ever win a race at historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.