PHoto :- Start of the ” Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby -2018″ at the Mahalaxmi racecourse in Mumbai.. Analysis of the Status of Horse racing at Mahalaxmi racecourse by a hardcore horse racing fan . Today Sunday(4/2/2018) was a day at the “Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby ” where the favourite “Prevalent Force” placed fourth and i returned home with my purse a little lighter due to losses.The Winner was rank outsider “Rochester @ 15/1) while second favourite “Lady in Lace” placed second.Third was “Manifold” just edging the favourite “Prevalant Force” out of “Place Money”.Definitely less losses than the day after the “Indian Budget 2018” when the stock indices crashed.Swimming 2 Kms daily has kept me physically and mentally alive.High taxation on the sport of “Horse Racing” by the Government is the actual main reason for the decline in horseracing attendances besides a little corruption that is prevalent in most walks of life which is “Horse race fixing”.
Photo”- Indian Derby Favourite “Prevalent Force” in the paddock parade before the start of the ” Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby -2018″. I personally fear the future of Indian horse racing post “Vijay Mallya Era” of personal sponsorship that is now visible in the presentation of a poor Indian derby show for “First Enclosure entrants ( Rs 100 entrance tickets)”. There was no dance or other programmes in the “Paddock” in between races as was normal for decades since “United Breweries” took over sponsorship of the Indian Derby.When I last visited the racecourse for the 2017 Indian Derby i was in the members enclosure and felt the difference in presentation of the Indian Derby compared to 2016 the year Vijay.Mallya fled India post Indian Derby 2016. 2018 Indian Derby is the Worst Derby year i have witnessed and even a young millennium generation 17 year old commerce student (Born in 2000) with a group of his relatives admitted that two years back the Indian Derby was better than it was today.He also complimented me by saying that i looked younger than him which to me was akin to possessing a Rolls Royce or a Ferrari in health ! A Health billionaire ?
Photo :- The Narrator on the “First Floor” of the “First Enclosure” Seafarer/Blogger/Traveller Rudolph.A.Furtado Akin to this youngster i had first entered Mahalaxmi racecourse on Indian Derby 1979 as a 18 year old teenager along with my Mazgaon Dock Marine engineering batch-mates. The rest of the decades from 1979 was a onn-off love affair with the sport of “Horse Racing” all over the Globe let alone Mahalaxmi racecourse which was my home away from home in Mumbai city.
Above:- A Photo of the pathetic Conditions of benches on the “FIRST FLOOR” of the “First Enclosure Grandstand”.Notice the sparse crowd, definitely the lowest Indian Day Derby turnout since my living memory of attending the “Indian Derby races” in 1979 when “Mohawk” won the “Indian Derby Race”.I had sat on one of these benches and was stung by a bee, the first time in my life this ever happened. Proves the total abandonment of these benches by racegoers in one of the costliest real estate properties in the World let alone India.
Photo :- Paddock on “Indian Derby-2018” The “Shiv Sena” political party had once raised a idea of converting Mahalaxmi racecourse into a public garden and the manner in which the Mahalaxmi racecourse is functioning it would not require politics to close it down but simple plain commerce economics as happened to the Great textile mills Industry of Bombay.Wake up “R.W.I.T.C” before it is too late.What would “R.W.I.T.C” be with just billionaire horse owners and no common 10 rupee punters ?
Photo :- Vintage Car with “R.W.I.T.C” Chief guests on theway to the racetrack for presentation o0f the “” Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby -2018″ to the owners of the winning horse “Rochester”. The day “Sports Betting” is legalized could be the final death toll of Horse racing if things don’t change.I have been to Hong kong for the “Hongkong Derby” where horse racing is a popular sport and thriving economically.The “Hong Kong Jockey Club” in 2005 during my visit was the wealthiest sports club in Hongkong and the biggest charitable institution of this island of Capitalism in a Communist regime.In Mumbai with the population increasing in leaps and bounds the footfalls at the Mahalaxmi racecourse is decreasing over the years.MAHALAXMI RACECOURSE IS THE ONLY PUBLIC PLACE IN MUMBAI WHERE CROWDS ARE DECREASING AT HORSE RACING EVENTS WITH EVERY CORRESPONDING YEAR WHILE MUMBAI’S POPULATION IS INCREASING EVERY YEAR.I myself have given up horse racing as a speculative sport making a pilgrimage only on the “Indian Derby Day” as i did today.My next visit to the racecourse will be on “Indian Derby -2019” if alive or in town.
NOTE:- I am no “PRESS REPORTER” and hence have no affiliation to any particular lobby which reflects in my personal opinions in calling a spade a spade.