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2020 Durban July Dates and Schedule - When will this year's main event take place?

Date, times and betting advice for the Durban July
The 2019 Durban July has a jam-packed schedule of horse racing and other events. (Getty Images)
The 2019 Durban July has a jam-packed schedule of horse racing and other events. (Getty Images)

When is the 2020 Durban July?


The 2020 Durban July is here and Greyville racecourse in Berea, Durban, prepares to welcome horse racing fanatics and general observers from around the world on Saturday 4 July. 

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All you have to do is:

1. Log into your Sportingbet account.

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3. Click on Durban July Special to read terms and conditions

From there on, the process is self-explanatory. 

Raceday programme for the 2020 Durban July


There's a full day of action ahead at the 2020 Durban July, featuring not only plenty of horse racing action, but also several side shows. Notably, there is a performance from well-known South African artist AKA.

Here is the full schedule according to the Vodacom Durban July's official website:

  • 09h30 Fashion on Parade – Competition judges will start scouting for Raceday Fashion Finalists in the Parade Ring behind the Main Grandstand.
  • 11h25 RACE 1   WELCOME TO Hollywoodbets GREYVILLE FM 88 HANDICAP (F & M) – POLYTRACK
  • 12h05 RACE 2   GATEWAY THEATRE OF SHOPPING PINNACLE STAKES – POLYTRACK
  • Fashion – Classic Racewear Male and Classic Racewear Female on stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.
  • 12h50 RACE 3   BETTING WORLD 2200 (Grade 3) – 2200m – R500 000
  • Fashion – Most Striking Couple and Exceptional Raceday Hat or Fascinator on stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.
  • 13h35 RACE 4  DStv GOLD VASE (Grade 3) – 3000m – R500 000
  • Fashion – Announcement of the winners of the four Raceday Fashion Competitions on stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village
  • Fashion – Young Designer Award on stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.
  • 14h25 RACE 5   ZULU KINGDOM EXPLORER GOLDEN SLIPPER (Grade 2) – 1400m – R600 000
  • Fashion – Invited Designer Showcase on stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.
  • 14h30 DStv Live Broadcast begins.
  • 15h10 RACE 6 DURBAN GOLDEN HORSESHOE (Grade 2) – 1400m – R600 000 
  • Fashion – Amazing Africa Collection on stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.
  • 15h25 The countdown to the 2019 Vodacom Durban July begins
  • 15h35 Jockeys enter the Parade Ring for introduction to the crowds.
  • 15h50 Jockeys mount.
  • 15h55 Horses leave the Parade Ring.
  • 16h10 The South African National Anthem.
  • 16h20 RACE 7  THE VODACOM DURBAN JULY (Grade 1) – 2200m – R4 250 000
  • 16h20 Victory canter by the winner of the Vodacom Durban July.
  • 16h30 The Vodacom Durban July winner will enter the Gold Horseshoe Winner’s Box in front of the grandstand followed by the presentation of silver salvers and the Winner’s sashes.
  • Fashion – Fabulous Fan Favourite on stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.
  • Entertainment on the stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.
  • 17h25 Gold Circle proudly presents Night Racing for the balance of the racemeeting.
  • Entertainment on the stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.
  • 17h30 RACE 8 ENGEN PERFORMANCE STAKES – TURF (Listed) – 1600M – R150 000
  • 18h10 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.
  • 18h50 RACE 10 KZN YEARLING SALES MILLION – 1300M – R1 000 000
  • Prince Kaybee on the stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.
  • 19h30 RACE 11 COMPENDIUM INSURANCE BROKERS eTHEKWINI SPRINT (3-year-olds) – POLYTRACK
  • Entertainment on the stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.
  • 20h10 RACE 12 Hollywoodbets GREYVILLE BRIGHT FUTURE MR 86 HANDICAP – POLYTRACK
  • AKA on the stage in The Lakes Lifestyle Village.

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