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Ooty racing season to begin on May Day

D. Radhakrishnan
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The main event, the Nilgiris Derby Stakes will be held on May 26

The race course at Udhagamandalam getting ready for the season.— Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy
The race course at Udhagamandalam getting ready for the season.— Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

Conspicuous by its absence so far this summer, the sight of horses vying for honours at the high altitude race course here will greet visitors from May Day.

Normally the commencement of the racing season here will coincide with the Tamil New Year’s day celebrations.

However, this year for the first time it has been put off by a fortnight.

Attributing the delay to the acute water scarcity here due to the prolonged dry conditions, the secretary, Madras Race Club, B.K. Amanullah Khan, told The Hindu here on Wednesday that the stage is set for the 127th season to begin.

There will be 30 meetings on Wednesdays and weekends and the season will go on till July 10.

The main event of the season, the Nilgiris Derby Stakes will be held on May 26.

The Nilgiris 1000 Gunieas will be conducted on May 12, the Nilgiris 2000 Gunieas on May 19 and the Nilgiris Gold Cup on June 2.

About 500 horses are likely to take part. Twenty trainers and 35 to 40 jockeys will be seen in action.

Pointing out that a couple of recent rains have improved the underfoot conditions, he said that there was adequate water for the horses.

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