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Zambia, UK, Australia and SA qualify for World Cup semi-finals

Zambia, United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa have qualified for the 2015 Polocrosse World Cup semi-finals at the Durban Shongweni Club on Sunday 5 July. The Polocrosse World Cup action resumes on Friday 10 to Sunday 12 July with the semi-finals and finals. “This week has been a spectacular display of high speed polocrosse. Exceptional horsemanship has been proven by ...

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Off the track with Maud Aarts

Thoroughbreds are both athletic and courageous horses, with a great deal of aesthetic appeal. Although purpose-bred for racing, they hold their own in various sport horse endeavours. Maud Aarts, whose love of horses saw her competing at top level in eventing and showjumping in Europe before settling in South Africa, believes that South African Thoroughbreds are as good as anywhere ...

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Vodacom Durban July programme

09:30  Fashion on the Track – Competition judges will start scouting for finalists near the Winning Post. Entertainment will be provided from the Action Stage. 10:50  The combined Pipes and Drums of the KZN military Tattoo. 11:25  RACE 1 DELTA Air Lines Handicap – 1400m – R100 000 – POLYTRACK 11:30  Fashion on the Action Stage – Final – Classic ...

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The final port of call

After months of anticipation the 119th running of the Vodacom Durban July will attract a capacity crowd to Greyville Racecourse for a day of fashion, thrilling horse-racing, socialising and celebrity spotting against a nautical backdrop set by the theme “The Captain’s Table”. The excitement will reach fever pitch shortly before 4:30pm when the expanded field of 18 runners thunders down the ...

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Stars come out to play at the Durban July

In amongst the capacity crowd expected at Greyville Racecourse for the 2015 Vodacom Durban July on Saturday 4 July will be the biggest gathering of celebrities and entertainers on the annual social calendar. The event always attracts a stellar guest list of business leaders, senior politicians, beauty queens, sporting personalities, movie and television actors, musicians, fashion designers and socialites. The glitzy ...

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Sunrise predictions at Vodacom Durban July Gallops

The winter chills didn’t stop enthusiastic punters from cheering on the eager horses at pre-Vodacom Durban July Gallops at Greyville Racecourse this morning. Starting bright and early at 7am eighteen thoroughbreds raced the final field at the popular annual occasion while the trainers, connections and hardened punters searched for hints of the winning horse. The traditional public gallops are a known condition of ...

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SA endurance rider, Gillese De Villiers, suspended

South African endurance rider, Gillese De Villiers, has been fined and suspended for six months after her horse tested positive test for phenylbutazone and a related substance at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy last year.   De Villiers has been an endurance rider for 25 years and has completed 18,000km. Until the recent suspension, De Villiers says she has never ...

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Protea Polocrosse team to represent SA at 2015 World Cup

The Protea Polocrosse team will compete against the world’s top international teams at the Durban Shongweni Club, in Kwazulu-Natal (KZN). The Polocrosse World Cup official opening ceremony will commence on 2nd July, with the first round pool games starting on 3rd July; semi-finals and finals will be taking place from 10 to 12 July. Teams will be arriving from the ...

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Vodacom Durban July Gallops

The traditional pre-Vodacom Durban July Gallops will take place at Greyville Racecourse on Thursday 25 June, starting at 7am. At this popular annual occasion, the eighteen runners announced in the Final Field will be put through their paces, generally running with a stable companion, providing an opportunity for ardent punters to scrutinise each thoroughbred. Entrance is free of charge, and ...

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Nissan Winter Classic ends on a high note

The 2015 Nissan Winter Classic ended in superb form with record-breaking showjumping activity at the stunning Durban Shongweni Club in KwaZulu-Natal. The showjumping event, which forms part of the FEI World Cup Qualifier Series, attracted 510 horses accompanied by their world-class riders to the annual equestrian event from 12 to 16 June. Top spot in the main class – the ...

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