A sparkling day at the races

The R5 Million Durban Hollywoodbets July Day 2022 has received rave reviews on all fronts!

A sunny Hollywoodbets Greyville racecourse hosted South Africa’s first day of racing, with nearly 30,000 spectators passing through the turnstiles to see a filly win the race for the first time since 2011.

Sparkling Water, a daughter of Durban winning sire Silvano July, slammed the colts in a dazzling display of galloping power to follow the golden footprints of champion Igugu – also trained by maestro, Mike de Kock. She was ridden by Smanga Khumalo, who won the last major race in 2013.

Hollywoodbets Durban winner in July Sparkling Water and jockey Bling Khumalo galloping past (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

Gold Circle’s commercial director, Patrick Loker, reported some very satisfying betting turnover statistics.

“We are very pleased with the Gold Circle turnover on Hollywoodbets Durban in July. 2021. On Pick 6, Gold Circle achieved R 6.1m turnover vs R 3.3m in 2021 Pool for P6 reaches R 15.8m vs R 12m advance In Race 7 , Hollywoodbets Durban’s July turnover was R16.7m compared to R16.3m in 2019.”

After a two-year hiatus, the Raceday Fashion Awards generated huge interest as hundreds of people entered the various categories in the hope of claiming glory at the Hollywoodbets Durban 2022 on July Saturday.

Hollywoodbets Greyville was a hive of activity for hopefuls as they competed in Classic Raceday for Women, Classic Raceday for Men, Most Striking Couple and Exceptional Raceday Hat or Fascinator.

The highlight of the race fashion program was Makhosazane Ntshangase who came back to win the Classic Racewear Women category, repeating her victory in 2019.

Ntshangase also won third prize in the same category.

“It’s amazing for me to come back and win again after 2019,” Ntshangase said with a smile.

“It was a lot of work and I put a lot of extra work into the fascinator that was on the winning garment, which is awesome.

“I think next year I’ll give someone else a chance!” she added, laughing.

Martin John Steenkamp earned another top three when his creation finished in second place.

In the Raceday Hat or Fascinator category, Rutendo Dyirakumunda was crowned the winner.

“I am incredibly happy to win this award,” said Dyirakumunda.

“It means so much to me after all the work I’ve put into creating it and it’s a huge blessing to me.”

Designer Melissa Scandurra finished in second place while Judaine Naidoo finished in third place.

In Classic Racewear for Men, Sipho Mugazi won first place with his creation modeled by Qurin.

Martin John Steenkamp’s creation finished second while Mnotho Ngema’s self-made outfit saw him finish in third place.

In the prestigious Most Striking Couple category, Brenda Waring and Pamela Shabane were crowned winning designers for their design worn by Shabane herself and Kent Hollenberg.

Second place went to the trio of Siyabonga Makaula, Cayleigh de Beer and Micaela van Heerden.

Makaula and Van Heerden were responsible for designing the outfits.

The third went to Leona Adams for her creation modeled by Denelle Ince and Josh Jacobs.

Each of the Raceday fashion contest winners won R5,000 from Gold Circle and Schweppes and an R2,500 gift card from the Gateway Theater of Shopping, while runners-up won R3,000 from Gold Circle and Schweppes, with third place designers winning R2 000. of Gold Circle and Schweppes.

After months of hard work, planning and judging, Ismael Mchunu from Durban University of Technology has been crowned the winner of the Hollywoodbets Durban July Young Designer Award 2022 presented by Durban Fashion Fair.

The top three Hollywoodbets Durban July Young Designer Awards presented by Durban Fashion Fair (left to right): model Nonto and third designer Nhlanhla Dlamini, winning designer Ismael Mchunu and model Nomfundo, second designer Slindi Ndlovu and model Kiara

Mchunu used the 2022 theme “Show Me the Honey” to focus on the flower that bees pollinate and jumped deeper into the flower with his inspiration coming from the bud.

“For me the theme was to be sweet, so my inspiration was the flower bud and the concept was the beauty inside the flower bud when it’s open,” Mchunu said.

“That’s the idea I went after, but man, I’m really, really happy that I managed to win!”

From the start of the process, Mchunu has been focused on getting to this point and being the last designer to come forward and win the awards, but the leverage that the award gives is invaluable.

“The process was cumbersome for me as I spent so much time planning the work but I’m very happy that it ended up being like this.

“There was a lot of work to do on the garment and seeing how it all ended up makes me feel good and I’m looking forward to the next stages of my journey,” added Mchunu.

Slindile Ndlovu finished in second place ahead of her classmate Nhlanhla Dlamini, a student at the fashion school in Pietermaritzburg.

Mchunu wins a 50,000 rand scholarship from the Hollywood Foundation, with second and third placed students winning 30,000 rand and 20,000 rand from the Hollywood Foundation to support the rest of their studies.

Mchunu also wins a trip to Fashion Week SA in October, R10,000 in cash, compliments from Gold Circle and Schweppes, and an R5,000 gift card from Gateway Theater of Shopping.

Durban University of Technology, as the winning college, received a R30,000 grant from Gold Circle to be used to support programs and structures in place to develop design students.

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