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Mumbai Horse Racing

Mumbai horse racing organized at the iconic Mahalaxmi race course is one of the prestigious annual sporting events in Mumbai. In fact it is the biggest horse racing event of India. This annual sporting event is spread across six months, from November to April. Two horse racing events are held each week during the course of these six months. Thursdays and Sundays are race days from November to March and Saturdays and Sundays in April. All in all 35 to 40 horse racing events are organized in this six months calendar, however the most awaited racing event amongst all is obviously the Mumbai Derby.

Mumbai Derby, which is held on first Sunday of February, is the biggest horse racing event in Mumbai’s annual horse racing calendar. On this day Mahalaxmi race course stadium is completely full and entire atmosphere is charged up, as fans desperately vie for their favorite horse to win the race. This event also receives huge glamour quotient as it is attended by the who’s who of Mumbai’s social glitterati and receives wide coverage by the media too.

Mumbai Horse Racing
Galloping horses at the Mahalaxmi Race Course

The Mahalaxmi Race Course, which is permanent & official home of Mumbai’s annual horse racing event, is itself one of the finest horse racing tracks in entire Asia. This oval shaped track is spread across 2400-metre and is also supported by all the state-of-the-art facilities to ensure that fans are treated with horse racing event that is of world class standards. The testimony of Mahalaxmi race course’s superior infrastructure is vindicated by the fact that no less than Queen of England & King of Saudi Arabia have been honorable guest to this annual event and have showered rich praises & tributes to this event.

The entire Management of Mahalaxmi Race Course & the annual horse racing event is managed by Royal Western India Turf Club LTD (RWITC). RWITC is one of the oldest and today is one of the best horse racing clubs of India. As of today it have over 8000 members from across India. All these members enjoy special privileges on the racing day including use of other facilities that are integral part of this club. Membership for RWITC is available in different categories and is open to all Indian citizens from all walks of life. In case if one is not a member then obviously he/she will have to buy tickets for race that he/she wishes to see and would enjoy very limited privileges/facilities inside the stadium.

And of course how can we forget about betting. After all betting and horse racing go hand-in-hand. Inside Mahalaxmi race course there are betting centers that allow you to bet on your favorite horses. In case if you’re new to betting and don’t know anything about it then concerned officials would surely help you in guiding you. And needless to say the only criteria for betting is that you’ve to be 18 years old or above.                  

Another distinct thing about this race course is that it is also favorite hangout place of health conscious people of Mumbai city. The immense lush greenery around the race course attracts hordes of health freaks from nearby localities every morning, who come here for healthy jogging and morning walk. However, during important racing days including derby day it is closed for common people.

All in all, the annual Mumbai horse racing event is one of the most sought after event of Mumbai’s annual sporting calendar. Although it may not attract hordes of fans like much beloved sports like cricket does, but nonetheless has its own charm and certainly takes immense pride in being one of the premium horse racing events of the country.

Gallops and Tote on the Turf at Mahalaxmi Race Course

Gallops and Tote on the Turf are amongst the most celebrated restaurants of Mumbai and they are located exactly inside the iconic Mahalaxmi Race Course. They both serve intercontinental and multi cuisines including alcohol & wine. They are open 365 days and are especially jam packed during race days. Some of biggest celebrities including Bollywood stars and industrialists dine at this place.

Mumbai Horse Racing
Interiors of Tote on the Turf

Needless to say, both these restaurants are very expensive and hence one surely needs to carry a heavy wallet if he or she chooses to dine here.
For reservations call:
Gallops – (022) 23071448, 02223071453, 0222305209
Tote on the Turf – (022) 61577777, 022 23066262

Moses Road, Mahalakshmi, Mumbai,
Maharashtra, 400013.
Landmark: Mahalaxmi railway station.

For advertising/sponsorship & membership details please call:
Mr. N. H. S. Mani
Additional Secretary
Phone no: (022) 23053113.

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