Following the astounding success of the first-ever derby race organized in the city last year; lovers of the equestrian sport were waiting eagerly to witness the second season of the sporting extravaganza.
After a year-long, this Sunday was the day the who’s who of Indore got the opportunity to witness the second season of the annual affair. Dressed up in their classiest best, around 800 attendees marked their presence felt at the event organized by ARA Entertainment and Young Indians (YI).
The social affair!
Twenty horses – Warmblood and Thoroughbred – participated in the race, amidst loud cheers from the spectators. Apart from some horses from Indore, most of the horses were brought in from other cities – Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Jaipur, and Delhi.
The horse name Rich and Rare (Thoroughbred), owned by Shweta and Prasann Kedia won the race, while Adams Creation (Warmblood) – owned by Nitesh and Meghna Wadhwani – and Sher Afghan (Thoroughbred) – owned by Preeti and Monu Bhatia were first and the second runner-ups.
The baby step which was taken last year to introduce derby to Indore seems to have turned into a giant leap as the mini-Mumbai has made it to the big league of cities hosting horse racing events.
Although derby was introduced to the city only last year, Indore definitely has a history with horses and sports associated with it. According to historian Rajendra Singh, “There existed a polo ground and a racecourse in the princely era where polo matches and other horse-related sports took place. These sporting events were preferred by the royalties.”
- The event was inaugurated by the princess of erstwhile royalty of Mewar Jahnavi Kumari, Maharaja Shakti Singh, and Rao Raja Parikshit Singh.
- Around 450 people attended the event in which 15 horses took part.
- Of the 15 horses, three horses were of Glory Riding School Indore while others were brought from Bangaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, and Rajasthan.