Race Club increases stakes for 2014 race season by 15 pc

Total prize money was `5.4 cr in 2013, now upped to `6.78 cr

Race Club increases stakes for 2014 race season by 15 pc

Mysore Race Club Limited (MRCL) will offer a total prize money of Rs 6.78 crore, in the race season, Mysore Races 2014, which will kick off on August 21.

It is also the first racing season where, MRCL will conduct races for 20 days between August 21 and October 24, as an independent Turf Authority. MRCL became the sixth Turf Authority in May this year.

Addressing a press meet, Dr N M Sreenivas, Chairman of MRCL, said that apart from betting centers at the Club, off course betting centers will come up in Mandya, Madikeri and Hassan.

New stables

He said that the State government had given permission for the construction of 300 additional stables, and tender process for the same had already begun. “Meanwhile, MRCL will accommodate the visiting horses during the forthcoming season at temporary stables,” he said.

Speaking on the 15 per cent increase in prize money during Mysore Races 2014 season, he said that the level of stakes and incentives offered had been increased to improve the quality of racing.

While the prize money during Mysore Races 2013 was Rs 5.4 crore, total prize money of Mysore Races 2014 will be Rs 6,77,92,110. Number of race days during the season has also been increased from 18 to 20. Number of races held will be 170 during the season, when compared to 142 in 2013.

As many as 510 horses will participate in the race, and 400 of these will be outstation horses.

He said that around 100 jockeys, which included the top riders in the Indian horse racing circuit will be participating in the racing season. During the racing season around 200 betting terminals will be in operation. Live streaming of races during race days will be available on the official website of MRCL, www.mysoreraces.com, he said.

Lease extension

Dr Sreenivas said, MRCL authorities would hold talks with the State government to extend the lease of the land, where MRCL has been set up. MRCL also plans to construct an additional grandstand, equine swimming pool and to modernise the equine hospital, he added.

Classic races

Following are the important Classic or Sweepstakes races: The Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar Memorial Million 2014 — for three year old horses — to be run on August 28; The H H Krishnaraja Wadiyar Memorial Trophy (Grade III) — for horses that are four years and above — to be run on August 29;

The Mysore 1,000 Guineas 201 (Grade III) to be run on September 11; The Maharaja’s Cup 2014 (Grade III) — for horses that are four years and above — to be run on September 12; The Jayachamaraja Wadiyar Golf Club Mysore 2000 Guineas 2014 (Grade III) — to be run on September 26; The Mysore Dasara Sprint Championship 2014 (Grade III) — for horses that are three years and older — to be run on October 1; The Governor’s Cup 2014 — for horses that are four years and above; The Mysore Derby 2014 (Grade I) — to be run on October 19.

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