Mumbai, February 19, 2015 (News Team): Mumbai, a metropolis that has witnessed the glorious sport of horse racing for more than two centuries, is carrying forward its legacy into the future as the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) prepares to host the mega ‘The Indian Turf Invitation Cup Weekend 2015’ India’s biggest and most glamorous event in horse racing on Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1 2015. The organizers, represented by RWITC Chairman and committee members launched ‘The Indian Turf Invitation Cup Weekend 2015’ at the Hooves Club House, Mahalaxmi Race Course on Thursday.
Significant announcements made included the launch of a new logo, unveiling of the trophy, announcement of event dates, race categories, line up of important races and information about the Indian Racing Excellence Awards.
The occasion was also used by RWITC to declare its preparedness to present an improved 53rd edition of an event that witnesses the coming together of India’s finest bloodstock and the cream of India’s racing fraternity horses, jockeys, trainers and owners for a spectacular weekend packed with action, adventure, glamour and entertainment.
The 2015 edition of the event will be held on the first weekend of March carrying forward a tradition that began in Mumbai 52 years ago. The races will include the Sprinters’ Cup and Stayers’ Cup on Saturday, and the main race, the Indian Turf Invitation Cup on Sunday. RWITC Chairman Khushroo Dhunjibhoy, committee members and sponsors unveiled the trophy for the 2015 edition of The Indian Turf Invitation Cup.
RWITC also launched a new logo for the Indian Turf Invitation Weekend Cup, unveiled by RWITC Chairman Khushroo Dhunjibhoy and committee members. The logo with an elegant woman and horse stands for an event that represents the best in racing, entertainment, food, style and glamour.
Speaking about the 53rd edition of the Indian Turf Invitation Cup 2015, Khushroo Dhunjibhoy, Chairman, Royal Western India Turf Club said, “At the Royal Western India Turf Club, we continue to advance the professional standards of each event in order to remain among the best in the country. After four years, we are thrilled to launch the 53rd Indian Turf Invitation Cup, and through it, bring to Mumbai yet another weekend of magnificent action where the finest in India’s racing fraternity will congregate. We’re less than ten days away from witnessing the Invitation Cup filled with magic, adventure and brilliance at the historic Mahalaxmi Racecourse and this is your chance to experience an event that defines the best of the sport in India. We take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors and partners for their longstanding support.”
Bharat Dhuppar, Chief Marketing Officer, Omkar Developers and Realtors said, “It is a matter of joy and pride for us to partner the Royal Western India Turf Club as exclusive sponsor of the one and only Indian Turf Invitation Cup 2015. We are confident that the event will serve as a worthy platform for us to reach out our target niche audience who are major enthusiasts of this recreational sport. We look forward to building a strong and lasting partnership in the seasons to come.”
Kishore Dhingra from JEPL said, “Jaspal Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. is honoured to be associated with the Royal Western India Turf Club as the sponsor of the prestigious the Sprinters’ Cup, part of the Indian Turf Invitation Cup Weekend, an event that embodies the finest in Indian horse racing and presents us as a force to reckon with in the international horse racing fraternity. I look forward to continuing to build a mutually beneficial relationship with RWITC and wish the organizers the very best for the forthcoming event.”
Ashish Kapadia, MD, Deltin Group said, “Just as we at Deltin believe in nothing but the best in our businesses, an event like the Stayers’ Cup, and part of the Indian Turf Invitation Cup Weekend represents the greatest in horse racing in India and we are therefore proud to be associated with an event of this standard.”
Dr. Ram Shroff, RWITC Committee Member highlighted, “We are working hard towards putting up a show that will offer the racing fraternity an unforgettable experience at Mahalaxmi. I believe the Indian Turf Invitation Cup Weekend offers the public individuals and families, a wonderful opportunity to enjoy an activity that is fast becoming a very popular top sport in India. We look forward to welcoming horse lovers to the course for a fantastic weekend.”
Eminent trainer Pesi Shroff said, “The Indian Turf Invitation Cup is an event that needs no introduction. It is where the finest in the Indian racing fraternity assemble and vie for glory. The Mahalaxmi racecourse will always be special a course for me since this is where I began my career when I was 16. I look forward to witnessing some stunning racing action at the Invitation and urge horse lovers to make the most of the weekend.”
Malesh Narredu, one of the top jockeys of India who has now become a successful trainer said, “This is an event where history is made and once again, we’re looking forward to a weekend of fantastic action at Mahalaxmi. India’s best horses are all set to set the course on fire and I can’t wait to witness all the races firsthand, quite literally from the horse’s mouth as the saying goes.”
The glittering Indian Racing Excellence Awards, the only nationally recognized Turf Awards will be held on Saturday, February 28 where awards under five major categories will be given out for the year 1st Nov’13 - 31st Oct’14. The categories are based on a point system for the Champion Owner, Champion Trainer, Champion Jockey, Champion Stud Farm and Champion Horse.