On a not-so wintry afternoon, Bangalore’s racing enthusiasts gathered at the Turf Club to watch their favourite horses in action, and of course, bet on their strides.
Beating the crowd favourite Super Storm by less than a minute, Red Baron surged ahead of the eight horses in the final lap to win the Winter Meeting at the Bangalore Turf Club. Red Baron, surprise winner of the Kimmane Bangalore Derby on Saturday, is trained by jockey O’Donoghue.
The mood was upbeat among the patrons in the members’ enclosure, where the seasoned patrons were seen giving advice to the newcomers. “I usually choose horses that have been brought in from outside Bangalore. Super Storm seems like a good choice, but I am still giving it a thought,” said Sakala Mohan Advani. Another veteran, B.B. Shankar, who has been a part of the city’s derby events for the past five decades, was confident about his choice of Super Storm. “I have opted for this colt and it also seems to be the crowd favourite. Let’s just hope we all are right,” cheered Mr. Shankar.
The presence of celebrities was to the bare minimum, with just actor Ambareesh and Congress MP Anil Lad attending the event.
However, the younger generation has also developed an interest in the race. Pramodini Prashant, a businesswoman from the city, was excited about the races, even though she was letting her mother select the horse they would be betting on. With a gloomy look on his face, looking at the results, G. Venkatesh, a member of the Mysore Derby Club said, “I took a bet on Maths Baby (No. 2), but it came fourth. It is just not my day I guess.”