The Invitation Cup will convey again the glory of Madras horse racing, says MAMR Muthiah


Forest Flame and Star is Born are preparing. They’ll conflict with Juliet, Personal Opinion and others in Guindy this weekend.

These horses are gearing up for the distinguished Indian Turf Invitation Cup, broadly considered one of many largest occasions within the sport within the nation. With this Diamond Jubilee 12 months version, the race returns to Chennai after six years and can see the crème de la crème of India’s horse racing circuit in attendance.

“It’s a enormous occasion that may showcase the very best of thoroughbred horses throughout the nation,” says Madras Race Membership chairman MAMR Muthiah, seated comfortably at his sprawling Chettinad Palace. “We need to convey again the glory of Madras racing because it was three a long time in the past.”

He’s referring to a time when the game was extra well-liked than cricket. “It was adopted by lots of people again then,” he remembers. “In the present day’s technology has moved on to cricket and forgotten racing. The cricket stadium at Chepauk, in reality, was partly funded by the Madras Race Membership and again then, there was written correspondence from the Cricket Affiliation to organise Racing Days to garner funds for cricket!”

MAMR Muthiah throughout a race
| Photograph Credit score: JOTHI RAMALINGAM B

Muthiah’s tryst with horses started when he went to the races together with his father, MAM Ramaswamy, one of many largest names in Indian horse racing. “He has gained 9 Invitation Cups, out of which I used to be current for 4. I understand how troublesome it’s to win a race; it’s one thing solely horse breeders will perceive. The meals issues, however the pedigree and coaching are of utmost significance. When your horse runs, many house owners really feel the adrenaline rush.”

With main horse patrons together with the Poonawallas and Mehras flying right down to take part on this marquee occasion, the Invitation Cup (which got here into existence in 1963) is an opportunity for Chennaiites to catch a glimpse of a number of the best-bred horses within the nation.

“We wish it to be a competition as a substitute of only a racing weekend. We shall be honouring individuals who have executed extraordinary work related with the horse-racing trade. This 12 months, we may also be involving punters, who get a meals coupon and free entry, to make sure they’re a part of the celebration too,” says Muthiah, who additionally factors out how the pandemic has offered a possibility to spruce up all infrastructural and sporting services within the Membership.

Because the horses and jockeys prepare, Guindy will come to life. Muthiah concludes, “The general public has forgotten {that a} thriving racing tradition existed in Madras; the Cup will convey again that.”

The Chettinad Indian Turf Invitation Cup shall be held on March 5 and 6 on the Madras Race Membership in Guindy. Tickets shall be obtainable on the venue.

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