Vodacom Durban July Media Release

 No: VDJ2117

3 July 2021

Embargo : None

 Written by : Dave Macleod


Racing gets under way at behind-closed-doors Vodacom Durban July

Durban - The ten race programme that makes up the 2021 behind-closed-doors Vodacom Durban July day card got under way in superb racing conditions, with warm windless weather at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse.

For the second year running the race meeting is being hosted in front of empty stands as the racing industry complies with the current lockdown regulations, limiting access to just trainers, jockeys,core racing personnel and media, with the owners unable to be at the course to watch their thoroughbreds in action on the big day.

As the anticipation ahead of the 125th Vodacom Durban July builds, media on course took time to congratulate photographer Anita Akal, who is shooting her fiftieth consecutive Vodacom Durban July today.

The main race, the R2 million Vodacom Durban July, gets under way at 3pm.

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Vodacom Durban July logo - landscape orientation - JPeg  

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Under clear, warm and windless skies the early races on the Vodacom Durban July card were run in front of empty grandstands as the racing industry complies with the level four lockdown regulations.

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The small contingent of grooms, jockeys and trainers in attendance at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse for the Vodacom Durban July raceday were fully compliant with the lockdown regulation protocols.

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The ten race card for the behind-closed-doors Vodacom Durban July at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse was related to fans and punters on DStv and live streaming.

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The start of an early race at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse ahead of the 2021 behind-closed-doors Vodacom Durban July.

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Anita Akal (left) celebrates the milestone of shooting her fiftieth consecutive Vodacom Durban July, and gets a congratulatory kiss from her daughter and fellow course photographer Anneke Kitching (right).

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The theme for the 2021 Vodacom Durban July - "Birds of a Feather" - JPeg

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