A right royal affair was had at Saturday’s Vodacom July.

2011-07-04 00:00

A RIGHT royal affair was had at Saturday’s Vodacom July.

Nimble-toed “artistocrats” with extravagant and detailed costumes — some braver than others — strutted their stuff around the fashion area, and the racing, as always, remained a sideshow for many.

First time July designer Zeenat Arbee, formerly from Pietermaritzburg, featured among the stand-out costumes with a Cinderella-inspired outfit — the hat itself telling the story.

Tents were nothing short of overkill in many cases, with the Vodacom tent hosting the VVIP guests.

Fountain features, with a buffet that included caviar and gourmet soups and iquor from the top drawer were on offer.

Julius Malema made his appearance dressed in jeans and a shirt.

A stand-out moment was when he was approached by and elderly Indian woman who said to him, in all innocence, “Hi, Mr Malema, I love watching you on TV. You make such funny jokes.”

His response was “Heh heh. Okay, nice to meet you.”

The anticipated 13th race (a half-naked dash by racegoers) had fewer participants than at previous Julys because of the chilly evening weather, but was nevertheless entertaining.

On the racing front favourite Igugu — Zulu for “jewel” — was the winner.

For trainer Mike de Kock and jockey Anthony Delpech it was a fourth July win for both.

The July after-party, held at the DLI Hall, saw several incidents of pickpocketing and fights breaking out.

Security personnel said about 5 000 people, mostly youngsters, were at the racecourse, and by the early hours of the morning it was clear that it could get dangerous.

With big names like DJ Fresh, Euphonik and Roger Goode at the turntable, things were expected to get busy.

Following the race, billed as the biggest event on the Durban calendar, the SA Police Service in Berea also relayed several reports of various crimes on Saturday night and yesterday.

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