Dundee July 2018 thrills thousands of race and party goers

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The Dundee July 2018 raised the bar setting a new standard of excellence for this rural horse racing event, from the horses and racing to the fashion, marquees, entertainment, security and the R1,05 million stake money.

Perhaps some evidence of this change was the presence of Eyadini-Lounge with a dome marquee – probably the biggest at the Dundee July - which attracted scores of party goers who started arriving as the sun set and the race goers and horses left.

A grand line-up of artists for the Dundee July 2018 Experience including Babeswodumo; DJ Sox, Tira, Qhosha and Zakwe on the main stage had hundreds of people dancing the night away on the race track.

KZN MEC for Finance Belinda Scott, (who attended the race on behalf of Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation MEC Bongi Sithole-Moloi) tweeted: “Fabulous day at the 13th edition of the Dundee July 2018. This popular equestrian event is held under superb blue skies, gorgeous horses, stunning models and plenty of sumptuous food.”

While VIPS and guests were hosted at the sponsor marquees other race goers there to support the horses and jockeys from their districts enjoyed the day braaiing, pic-nicking or buying food from local vendors along the track while they rooted for the competitors.

 Some of the younger spectators who had climbed to the top of a flat-topped tree along-side the track had a great vantage point with sight of the start and the finish of the 2km track.

The biggest prize money of R100 000 was taken home by horse 22 called Schomane from the Harry Gwala district ridden by Nkosinathi winner of the Dundee July 2018 Amathole Funeral Premier International Race 7. Schomane caused an upset by beating favourite Isigwebo in the main race.

But four disqualifications for galloping during the race which is only trotting saw upsets in this event.  Number three Inxakanxaka from Amajuba took second place but only after horse four, Minister from Ugu, was disqualified. Third place was taken by Isigwebo from Uthukela.

The Ithala International Race 6 was so hotly contested that eight horses out of a field of 21 were disqualified for galloping. In the end the winner was number 18 Qalazive from the Eastern Cape, followed by Ndaba isemlonyeni from Uthukela and Album from Amajuba in third place. Fourth place also went to the Eastern Cape with horse Ndodayibuzwa.

The ever popular Orange Gove Ladies Race had supporters shouting wildly as three jockeys raced neck-on-neck for the finish line. Judges finally decided that the winner was Mbokodo ridden by Sphelele from Umzinyathi, followed by Inkinga ridden by last year’s winner Nokubongwa from Zululand. In third place was Qhoboza ridden by Thandazi from Umzinyathi and fourth Nay Nay from Amajuba. It was seventh place for the seven-year old Anotha Buthelezi on Black Barry out of a total field of 20 horses.

Overall Harry Gwala district took home four wins with Amajuba, Itheku and Umzinyathi taking home one win each.

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