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Durban July to take place behind closed doors

4 years 2 months ago
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Vodacom Durban July to be staged behind closed doors

Horse racing fans can take heart that the 2020 Vodacom Durban July will take place this year, but as a broadcast-only event behind closed doors.
Vodacom and Gold Circle have confirmed a joint commitment to run Africa’s Greatest Horseracing Event, but under the strictest adherence to all government health protocols surrounding COVID-19.
“Gold Circle, together with the ongoing support of the company’s valued sponsor Vodacom, is fully committed to running the 2020 Vodacom Durban July. Sadly, given the reality of the present circumstances, the race meeting will be staged behind closed doors and without spectators,” said Gold Circle CEO Michel Nairac. “The VDJ has enjoyed an uninterrupted history since first being run in 1897 – not even two world wars prevented the race from being run – and we are doing everything in our power to ensure that 2020 is not the exception,” he added.
The proposed date for the race is Saturday 25 July, but the extremely fluid nature of the current pandemic means this could change as circumstances so dictate.
“Any decision we make around the Vodacom Durban July this year will be made as a responsible company committed to the safety of all who are involved. As a sponsor, we will work together with all relevant stakeholders and be guided by the horseracing fraternity and the experts in this industry, as well as in government, as we all work towards making this year’s race a reality,” said Michelle van Eyden, the Executive Head of Sponsorship at Vodacom.
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Re: Durban July to take place behind closed doors

4 years 2 months ago
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At least they are still going to run the July albeit behind closed doors, i do not have a problem with that. Most sporting codes will do exactly the same

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Re: Re:Durban July to take place behind closed doors

4 years 2 months ago - 4 years 2 months ago
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Somebody's source is not so impeccable......

"Have been told by an impeccable source.

I'm not sure if its only for this year or a total withdrawal."

"Blah blah do we have a bet?

I will disclose upfront that my source will settle should he be proven wrong.

I suggest you do likewise however it's interesting that we have already gone from a utter bullshit to a what if scenario.

Feeling Hawkish?"

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Re: Re:Durban July to take place behind closed doors

4 years 2 months ago
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Well at least we can punt in peace for the big day.

Will not be sidelined by all the loud music and fashion!!!

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Re: Re:Durban July to take place behind closed doors

4 years 2 months ago
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but the report is silent about Govt approval.


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Re: Durban July to take place behind closed doors

4 years 2 months ago
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Atleast no 1 hour gaps on july day.If movement of horses is not allowed between provinces I wonder what the fields will be like, the main race will have 70 merit rating horses included

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Re: Durban July to take place behind closed doors

4 years 2 months ago
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BATMAN wrote: Atleast no 1 hour gaps on july day.If movement of horses is not allowed between provinces I wonder what the fields will be like, the main race will have 70 merit rating horses included

The majority of the Cape contingent are already at Summerveld and I am sure that the Jhb horses will be allowed to travel down.

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Re: Durban July to take place behind closed doors

4 years 2 months ago
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If this is a given, any indication of when horse racing resume countrywide?
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Re: Durban July to take place behind closed doors

4 years 2 months ago
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Who is in charge of the decision wether or not the July will take place?

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Re: Durban July to take place behind closed doors

4 years 2 months ago
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This has all the makings of a turnover disaster.

I have no problem with and fully understand why the meeting might need to take place without any on course attendance. However - the on course turnovers are unlikely to be entirely substituted on line so there may well be a significant decline in gross turnover.

BUT.......almost all of the service providers have delivered poor or faulty facilities on big days. Saftote has 'fallen over' under the volume on innumerable occasions as have many online bet providers.

Let's put a marker in the sand with some weeks still to go before the event ( if it takes place ar all ). What are service providers doing NOW to upgrade their hardware/software in anticipation of the expected heavy loads? My guess - nothing. This is going to be the usual 'wing and a prayer' exercise with apologies to follow to all those who could not get a bet on.

I guess it will force punters to place bets well in advance simply to 'get on'. Last minute inspirations run the risk of generating a mass of 'would have/should have' stories.
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Re: Durban July to take place behind closed doors

4 years 2 months ago
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Maybe for once take the proactive route and start making excuses today?

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Re: Re:Durban July to take place behind closed doors

4 years 2 months ago
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dilligaf wrote: Somebody's source is not so impeccable......

"Have been told by an impeccable source.

I'm not sure if its only for this year or a total withdrawal."

"Blah blah do we have a bet?

I will disclose upfront that my source will settle should he be proven wrong.

I suggest you do likewise however it's interesting that we have already gone from a utter bullshit to a what if scenario.

Feeling Hawkish?"

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It's interesting that the no attendance only comes out now as this was the basis of my bet. Gold Circle are going to lose a fortune when compared to previous years.

Louis if you had a bigger pair MAYBE you would be donating a grand. MAYBE.

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