In pictures: The Durban July in South Africa

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The race, now in its 122nd year, bills itself as Africa's greatest horseracing event

It is the highlight of the South African social calendar.

Every year, the Durban July horse race attracts thousands to the eastern city's Greyville Racecourse - although the horses are somewhat overshadowed by the extravagant outfits.

A favourite with celebrities and politicians alike, the challenge this year was to create a timeless fashion piece, and use the elements of a watch face to inspire outfits, to fit in with the theme "It Is Time".

You can judge how well they did in the pictures below:

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For people like local fashionistas George Lambrou (left) and Goodness Anele, the race was a chance to show off their individual style
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Nozipho Zuma donned an outfit inspired by Lindo Mathebula, who told IOL it was "time to go back to our African roots"
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Other race-goers were pictured getting caught up in the excitement of the day
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Mmamello Motloung (right) and Zolani Mguzulwa told one reporter they believed it a time "for funky people"
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South African fashion designer Mado Smaili took the brief more literally
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Some outfits may have been more understated, but no less elegant
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Win Wheeler (right) also incorporated the theme into her hat - which was designed by her husband, Mike (left)
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Mandla Mvubu, meanwhile, appears to have been inspired by royalty with his outfit
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Of course, there was also the racing. Jockey Anton Marcus, who won the Durban July on his horse Do it Again, bagging himself the $315,000 (£237,000) prize

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