HYDERABAD: A total of Rs.7,61,48,500 crore will be at stake during the 2007-08 winter racing season, starting on November 4, marking a 26.20 per cent increase over last winter’s offering.

The stakes, race-wise, will be the highest in the country.

The main attraction of the ensuing season will be the Invitation Cup week-end to be held on March 1 and 2.

The Hyderabad Race Club will for the first time host the Hyderabad Juvenile Multi Million stakes for three-year-olds only on March 2 adding more attraction to the Invitation day.

In addition, the A.P. Race Horse Owners Association Million (for three-year-olds only) will be another event punters will look forward to on January 27, the Vijay Textiles Golconda Derby Stakes day.

The other racing days are:

November 5, 11, 12, 18 (Golconda 1000 Guineas), 19, 25 and 26.

December 2, 3, 9 (Golconda 2000 Guineas), 10, 16, 17, 23, 25, 30 and 31.

January 6 (Golconda Oaks and Byerly Turk Stakes), 7, 11 (Darley Arabian Stakes), 20 (Qutab Shahi Cup), 21, 27 (Vijay Textiles Golconda Derby Stakes) and 28.

February 2 (Kakatiya Cup), 10 (Golconda Juvenile Million), 11, 17, 18 (Godolphin Barb Stakes), 24 (Alcock Arabian Stakes) and 25.

March 1 (Sprinter’s Cup, Stayer’s Cup) and 2 (Indian Turf Invitation Cup, Super Mile Cup, Hyderabad Juvenile Multi Million Stakes).

Trainer Shamsuddin’s son, Zoheb Sheik will put his charges through the paces from this season.

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