CHENNAI: About 600 horses have arrived here for the 42-day Madras racing season which commences here on Nov. 7, 2008. The last meeting will be on March 26, 2009. One hundred and twenty two-year-olds will be racing during the season.
Briefing the press Amanullah Khan, Secretary, Madras Race Club, said that the total stakes money offered was Rs. 9,72,33,000 including the value of cups. Two hundred and fifty eight races have been framed for the season. Eighty seven of them are cup races.
Outstation horses are eligible to take part only in the following races: The South India 1000 Guineas (Gr. II), South India 2000 Guineas (Gr. II), Poonawalla Stud Farm South India Oaks (Gr. I), South India Corporation South India Derby Stakes (Gr. I), South India St. Leger (Gr. II), Capricorn Stud Farm Christmas Cup (Gr. III), Northern India Breeders Madras Gold Vase (Gr. III), and the Guindy Grand Prix (Gr.III). To become eligible for the incentives and to participate in any race, horses 5-year-olds and below should arrive here before Wednesday, Nov. 5. Class I cup races have been framed this year in the names of P. M. Antony, S. S. Mothilal, V. S. Dhanasekar, OM, SP. L. AL. Alagappa Chettiar.
A new Class III Cup in the name of the Zamindar of Chikkavaram, a former race horse owner and Committee Member will also be run. A Class II Cup, in memory of former Secretary, Dharmasenan Ebenezer has also been framed.
The racing dates: Nov. 7, 8, 12, 16, 19, 21, 24 and 26. Dec. 3, 4, 10 (South India 1000 Guineas), 11, 15, 17 (South India 2000 Guineas), 22, 24, 29 and 31. January 2009: 2 (Poonawalla Stud Farm South India Oaks), 7, 13, 14 (South India Corporation South India Derby Stakes), 19, 21, 28 and 29. Feb. 11, 12, 16, 18 (South India St. Leger), 24 and 25. March: 4, 5, 8, 11, 15, 18, 19, 22, 25 and 26.
Nov. 15 races postponed to Nov. 16: The Stewards of the Madras Race Club have decided to postpone the races scheduled to be held here on Saturday, Nov.15 to Sunday, Nov.16 due to administrative reasons, according to a press release.