DURBAN - The Vodacom Durban July entered the home straight on Thursday at a chilly, windswept Greyville Racecourse, with the July Gallops.
At this popular precursor to the main event, the thoroughbreds announced in the final field were put through their paces, generally running with a stable companion, giving for ardent punters an opportunity to scrutinise each and every Vodacom Durban July runner.
Over steaming mugs of coffee and sticky buns or bacon and egg rolls, the punters were out in force eager to assess the form of their favoured horses before R4.25 million big race next Saturday.
With African Night Sky the favourite at 7-1 followed by a nose at 8-1 by Eyes Wide Open and Majestic Mambo, Oh Susanna and Snowdance making up the chasing pack at 10-1, it was anyone's guess as to who the winner would be.
Models too got the party started braving the icy breeze to show off the flimsy and fantastical creations from the Vodacom Durban July Fashion Experience programme, presented by Durban Fashion Fair.
With the theme It Is Time, they showed off an array of designs that took in safety pins, a tea cup, pink tights and vintage lace.
The Independent on Saturday