This week we are in the Southwestern Pacific Ocean on the Island of New Zealand, the city of Auckland, home to the premier racing venue, Ellerslie. Robert Graham hosted a race meeting in 1857, which at the time was on his property. The Auckland Racing club then purchased thirty-six hectares of land from Graham in 1872 on which the course is now situated.
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First built in 1845, Happy Valley was the original racecourse in Hong Kong. Constructed on an area of swampland, which at the time was the only flat section of real estate on Hong Kong Island. To make way for the racecourse, the government prohibited villagers in surrounding areas to grow rice.
If it is not too late to say so a very Happy New Year! Have you all made your resolutions? I still haven’t quite decided on mine but one thing I will be working on is to worry less and have more fun with the horses.
This week we have landed in the ever developing Meydan City - the most amazing and adventurous race project ever undertaken in its sheer size and grandeur. Built to be the focal point of the city, the doors opened in March 2010, replacing the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse which previously occupied the site. The grandstand is over a mile in length, and can accommodate over 60,000 spectators. The seven star Meydan Hotel is situated on the course itself, just past the winning post! As well as the hotel, there is a horse racing museum, gallery and nine-hole golf course!
Like cricket and croquet, horse racing in India is a legacy of the British Raj, in the beginning; racing was generally staged using cavalry horses and chargers imported from the UK and Arabia. The course on the current site was constructed after Sir Curnow N Wadia donated the marshy land known as Mahalakshmi Flats and was built based on the design of the Caulfield track in Australia.
The Engadin Valley of Switzerland is the home to a truly wonderful and unique racing festival - the White Turf meeting. With the impressive Swiss Alps as a backdrop, runners negotiate a tight 6 - furlong course on the ice and snow around the frozen lake of St Moritz. Horses wear special shoes equipped with steel spikes to help with their footing in the snow. Although this helps them to stay upright, it adds an extra element on danger for the fallen jockey!
Sha Tin was built in 1978 on reclaimed land and is the larger of the two tracks in Hong Kong. It boasts top quality facilities to rival any course in the world and stages some incredibly high quality racing including the Sha Tin Racecourse Silver Jubilee Cup and Sha Tin Sprint Trophy. Originally built with capacity for 35,000 and one grandstand, today it now has capacity for 85,000 and two grandstands. It also has 20 stables for a capacity of 1,260 horses.
Today we visit the island of Barbados, only 21 miles in length and up to 14 miles wide, home to The Garrison Savannah Racetrack. The Garrison Savannah has held many meanings for different people because of its many functions. From its military purposes, to its hosting of a variety of sporting activities which include football, rugby and by far the most popular horse racing. Even in its earlier years locals would enjoy themselves while participating in goat and crab racing matches!
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The Champ De Mars course on Mauritius was established in 1812. This was the year that Sir Robert Townsend Farquhar, who was the first British Governor of Mauritius, founded the local Turf Club. The course was built in an attempt to build relations between the French settlers and the conquering English administration. The new government believed that the atmosphere of horse racing would unite the two groups and promote peace on the island.