With a week to go before the biggest horse race in Africa, Vodacom Durban July fever is sweeping not only the city, but the entire country.
Many racegoers, fashionistas and socialites have bought their tickets for the R3.5 million event and are now putting the final touches to their movie-inspired outfits.
Greyville was bustling with activity this week with the announcement of the 16 thoroughbreds for the final field – and the four reserves.
Crowd favourites included King of Pain, the winner of the Rising Sun Gold Challenge at Clairwood, Legislate – who won the Daily News 2000 this month – and Whiteline Fever.
But local sangoma Makhosonke Msoni had different predictions.
Inhaling his imphephu (traditional herbs) and after conversing with his ancestors, Msoni predicted that the main race would be won by Captain America, followed by White Line Fever and Futura.
Gold Circle spokeswoman Gill Simpkins said betting opens at all tabGOLD outlets on Monday.
On the fashion front, finalists from pre-race day fashion competitions added glamour to the occasion by showcasing their Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood inspired outfits.
Ten innovative young designers from KZN will vye for top honours this week. The winner will not only walk off with bragging rights but will also win a “fashion trip” to London, R10 000 and several gadgets.
Ten designers will also compete in the Fashion Challenge.
Durban Fashion Fair held a fashion show at Moses Mabhida Stadium last night showcasing some of the city’s most innovative designers.