The Vodacom Durban July horse race 2010 and 2011

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    07-04-2011, 08:01 AM
Green Broke
The Vodacom Durban July horse race 2010 and 2011

On Saturday it was Africa's biggest horse racing event - The Durban July. Last year I was lucky enough to go, but this year I couldn't, so I watched it at home.

Last year the winner was Bold Silvano, he's number six and the jockey has the blue and yellow silks with the blue cap. The horse I wanted to win, Irish Flame, came second :) You will see our president towards the end

This year the winner was Igugu, which is zulu for Jewel. She's number 9, and the jockey is in the exact same silks as above... Igugu is fast becoming our next champion, and I wanted her to win from the start

Both of them were trained by Mike de Kock, who has trained almost every winner the Durban July has ever had... He is an amazing man :)

Well, there you go, that's our biggest race on the continent, hope you enjoyed. :) It is truly an honor to be able to witness this amazing day :)
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    07-05-2011, 03:46 AM
Green Broke
Bump! :)

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    07-05-2011, 04:48 AM
Howcome they are going the other way? Isn't it dangerous. Just my opinion. I thought horses were always trained to go the other way around or is it just different in Africa?
    07-05-2011, 07:47 AM
Green Broke
Im not a racing expert, but I think its just different in Africa.
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    07-05-2011, 09:53 AM
@ SugarPlumLove, I wouldn't see the direction of the race being an issue as long as all the horses were trained to run the same way. It might get a little hairy if you took a horse from elsewhere and tried to run it there without re-training it, or if you took a horse from there and ran it elsewhere, without re-training.

What was the length of that race LoveStory10?
    07-05-2011, 09:59 AM
I know It wouldn't matter as long as the horse were trained like this but I just thought it was a little weird. I guess it's just like how in england they drive on the "wrong" side of the road lol
    07-05-2011, 10:04 AM
Yep, never understood that one either. Would love to go to England, but pretty sure I couldn't drive on the wrong side of the road! I could just imagine being over there, talk about the redneck coming to town! LMAO!
    07-05-2011, 12:58 PM
Green Broke
It was about 2200 metres, not sure what that is in furlongs or whatever. :)
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    07-06-2011, 12:43 PM
Green Broke
Bump! :)
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    07-06-2011, 01:41 PM
Originally Posted by PaintedFury    
Yep, never understood that one either. Would love to go to England, but pretty sure I couldn't drive on the wrong side of the road! I could just imagine being over there, talk about the redneck coming to town! LMAO!
It looks like an exciting time.

A short history lesson. When the Colonies separated from the British they wanted to do things their own way so as Britain ran horses clockwise they changed theirs to counter clockwise. Or so 'they' say. Some of Africa was settled by prisoners dropped there by the British, so maybe they stuck with that traditon.

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