Mahalaxmi Race course: The Mahalaxmi Racecourse is a horse racing track in Mahalaxmi, Mumbai. The track is oval shaped with 2,400 metres (7,900 ft) straight chute, spread over approximately 225 acres (0.91 km2; 0.352 sq mi) of open land in the heart of Mumbai city.
Here are 7 things about Mahalaxmi Race course you must not be knowing
1 Mahalaxmi Racecourse is almost more than 115 year old, Built in the year 1883. It was modelled on the Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne and is spread over land facing the sea.
2 It was originally donated by Sir Cusrow N Wadia and today it is on lease from the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) to Royal Western India Turf Club which runs the racecourse.
3 British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran performed at the racecourse on 1 March 2015 as part of his X World Tour. After his performance this place got more attraction and it hosted many other Big performances.
4 The horse racing season starts in mid-November and ends in the last week of April. On the first Sunday in February, the Derby is conducted annually and is attended by many of the city’s glitterati.
5 The common Mumbaikar has access to the racecourse in the mornings and evenings during specified timings for exercising, walking or jogging in the inner lane of the main horse race track. They have even started with providing newspapers in the morning to the joggers.
6 The land was leased to the Royal Western India Turf Club for 99 years, ending 31 May 2013. The state government favours leasing out the racecourse for another 30 years. It is currently leased for Rs 56 lakh/year. The new rates will be Rs 42 crore/year and increase every 5 years.
7 It currently employs 5000 people. The state government collects Rs. 50 crore/year in betting tax from the 43 race days. The public is allowed to walk and run on the track 6 months per year, when there are no horse races. The Turf club maintains the walking and jogging track at no cost to the BMC or state government.