Thursday, November 01, 2007

bangalore winter season dates ( horse racing) 2007-2008

BANGALORE: About 800 horses and 80 jockeys will feature in the Bangalore winter meetings which kick off here on Saturday, November 5. The season concludes on March 31, 2006. The highlight of the winter meetings will be the Invitation Cup weekend to be held on Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5.
Racing will be held mainly on Fridays and Saturdays, and concurrently winter races will be held at Mysore for a fortnight, mainly on Wednesdays. Compared to an overall stakes of 7.97 crores paid out during the last winter meeting, a total stakes of Rs.11 crores, including the Invitation Cup, which is estimated at Rs.1.50 crores, would be paid during this season.
A maximum of eight races would be conducted on all race days and nine during classics and the concluding day of the season.
The BTC, also announced that probable international rating will be published for horses placing first, second and third in all graded and other important races and a consolidated list of top 20 horses will be published along with probable international rating at the conclusion of every racing season.
This is expected to serve as a useful guide to owners and trainers aspiring to race their wards abroad. Briefing the media, the Chairman of the BTC, Mr. Marilingaiah, said that due to abundant rain, the track is in an excellent condition. About 13 to 15 bookmakers, are expected to operate in the first and second enclosures respectively.
The following are the race dates: Nov: 5, 12, 13, 19, 25 and 26 (Bangalore 1000 Guineas); Dec: 3 (Bangalore Turf Club Trophy), 9, 10 (Harvins Bangalore 2000 Guineas), 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31.
Jan. 2006: 6 (Bangalore Oaks), 13 (Chief Minister's Trophy), 20, 21, 26 (Poonawalla Bangalore Derby) and 27. Feb: 3, 11, 17, 18 (Bangalore Winter Million), 24 and 25 (Governor's Trophy). March: 4 (Sprinters and Stayers Cup), 5 (Indian Turf Invitation Cup), 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 30 and 31 (Bangalore Juvenile Million).

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