On Thursday morning, fashion models and thoroughbred horses took center stage at the official Hollywoodbets Durban July Gallops, offering racegoers an exciting glimpse of both the main race competitors and some of the stunning designs set to dazzle on 06 July 2024.

Eleven of the 20 horses, including two reserves, that will compete in the seventh race at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse were showcased as they practiced on the city track. The remaining nine, part of the Gauteng contingent, had their gallops recorded and displayed on the big screen for the audience to analyze and debate the potential 2024 champion.

The large crowd, enjoying an unexpectedly warm Durban winter morning, took this final opportunity to evaluate the competition. Meanwhile, as jockeys guided their horses down the final stretch, a selection of models presented designs from the Durban Fashion Fair Rising Stars Collection and the Hollywoodbets Durban July Young Designer Award.

For fashion enthusiasts, the Gallops served as a preview of Friday’s Gateway Hollywoodbets Durban July Preview Show at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping. This event will spotlight KZN’s fashion industry, showcasing some spectacular designs set to be featured on 06 July 2024.

The highlight of the local fashion calendar, the Hollywoodbets Durban July Young Designer Award presented by Durban Fashion Fair, will feature all ten finalists presenting their interpretations of the “Ride the Wave” theme. This will be alongside designs from the Durban Fashion Fair Rising Stars Collection and the Invited Designer Showcase, promising an unforgettable display of creativity and style.