Mahalakshmi Race Course, Mumbai

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    "McDowells Signature Indian Derby-2014",

    by mittoo Written Feb 6, 2014

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    Mahalaxmi race-course is situated in central Mumbai, next to the "Mahalaxmi Railway Station" and facing the Arabian sea, one of the World's most scenic race-courses.The horse racing season starts in mid November and ends in the last week of April. The "Indian Derby" is the premier racing event of the "Mumbai Horse-Racing Calender" and held annually on the first Sunday in the month of February.A tourist should visit the Mahalaxmi race-course if in Mumbai, especially the "McDowells Indian Derby".On Sunday(2-2-2014) i had visited the race-course to witness the "McDowells Signature Indian Derby-20014".Entrance ticket to the members enclosure was Rs 350 while entrance to the common enclosure is Rs 30.I purchased a ticket to the "MEMBERS ENCLOSURE" and entered the hallowed confines of one of Mumbai's heritage locales.A total of 9 races were framed for the entire day.The first race began at 1315 hrs, the race-course gradually filling with the fashionable "Derby Crowd". It was a entertaining afternoon of horse-racing which had other added entertaining features conducted during the race-intervals.The "Air-Conditioned Hangar" in the "Members Enclosure" was the main place where the indoors carnival entertainment took place.The local rock band "One Nite Stand" provided cover albums English music. There was performances by the 'Serenity Sisters" from Broadway , a magic show by Asia's foremost woman magician Yong.Tian and also a fashion show.All this was done during the "Horse-racing intervals".There were numerous food-stalls although liquor consumption was rationed.The Derby was won by the total outsider horse named "ALAINDAIR" available at 12/1 odds.The last race of the day was the 9th race at 1815 hrs .Returned back home thoroughly enjoying the days entertainment and horse-racing. This event occurs once every year and please witness the "McDowells Indian Derby" at least once in your life-time if in Mumbai during February.

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    Mahalakshmi Race Course

    by ni3sgalave Written Nov 30, 2009

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    It's not exactly Ascot, but Mumbai's Mahalaxmi Racecourse is probably as close as you can get to rubbing shoulders with high society fillies and cocktail party stallions. During the racing season between November and February, few events are as well attended as the Mumbai Derby, an annual affair with all the traditional English trimmings: hats, gloves, cucumber sandwiches, scones. And of course magnificent thoroughbreds, belonging mostly to Indian booze barons and local industrialists. But save for hardcore punters, these are merely the sideshow.
    Mahalaxmi Racecourse copied from England's Ascot. It is still being used today with wealthy Indians visiting on the weekends

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    Mahalakshmi Race Course

    by ashishashar Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    It's not exactly Ascot, but Mumbai's Mahalaxmi Racecourse is probably as close as you can get to rubbing shoulders with high society fillies and cocktail party stallions. During the racing season between November and February, few events are as well attended as the Mumbai Derby, an annual affair with all the traditional English trimmings: hats, gloves, cucumber sandwiches, scones. And of course magnificent thoroughbreds, belonging mostly to Indian booze barons and local industrialists. But save for hardcore punters, these are merely the sideshow.

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