Greyville Racecourse

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Greyville Racecourse is a Thoroughbred race track in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It surrounds the Royal Durban Golf Club's Championship course, which provides a picture of green grass and foliage throughout the year, framed in the background by the many hotels of Durban's Golden Mile.

Greyville Racecourse made history in 1996 when it became the first track in South Africa to successfully install floodlights, enabling the course to accommodate night racing at all its midweek meetings. Situated in the very heart of the city, it is easily accessible from all parts of Durban.

The pear-shaped track covers a distance of 2,800m. A road from Berea to the centre of the city passes under the course, and the construction of the two subways resulted in the course having a number of unusual gradient features:

• an uphill section from the 2,400m mark up to 1,800m • thereafter a gentle downward slope for about 800 metres • an uphill section follows from the 800 metres into the straight • an almost level 500m final straight to Greyville's famed winning post.

Greyville Racecourse is host to the prestigious Durban July Handicap and in August, the Greyville Gold Cup. Both are Group One races that annually draw the best horses from around the country. The Durban July was first held in 1897 with only seven horses competing. Today it is the most talked about and attended horse racing event in South Africa; comparable to Britain’s Royal Ascot, with high fashion, exciting horse racing, food, champagne, and large crowds.

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