Dundee July Horse Race rides high in popularity stakes

2010-07-27 00:00

THE annual Dundee July Horse Race has gained momentum following a hugely successful running at the weekend as spectators arrived by the hundreds to see an event that is positioning itself to be a popular drawcard like the Durban July Handicap.

A statement by the Sports and Recreation Department said, “The 2010 edition of the annual traditional horse riding event, the Dundee July, was no doubt a truly resounding success.

“Judging by the huge increase in spectator attendance at the northern KwaZulu-Natal town this weekend, this annual event has proven to be more popular than in anyone’s wildest dreams.”

The race is traditionally held on the last Saturday of July every year, but it was run a week earlier so as not to clash with the Durban July to be held this weekend.

This is the sixth edition of the festival, which the KwaZulu-Natal Sport and Recreation Department revived in 2005.

The spectators came “in their numbers not only to view the horses tripling and galloping in front of them, but to also enjoy the fashion and entertainment that has become a major attraction”, the statement said.

The fashion show and entertainment were co-ordinated by Arts and Culture department.

Addressing the spectators, Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation MEC Weziwe Thusi said the race is fast reaching the government’s goal of becoming professional, while realising income generating potential for the local economy.

The MEC said the provision of the horse racing infrastructure is just the beginning and promised more resources to raise the prfile of the race until it achieves the same recognition as the famous Durban July.

The main race, which carried a stake of R10 000 for the winning horse, was race seven. The winners were: first Ushalazile (jockey: Ndoni Xaba); second Halebona (jockey: Rara) from Lesotho and third Amagcokama (jockey: Siya).

uMzinyathi District continued its dominance again this year and walked away with the trophy for the best municipality.

The MEC acknowledged the contribution of the many stakeholders and expressed her appreciation for continued financial and professional support from private sector partners, which has ensured the continued growth of the race.

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