Kingfisher Derby: Preview to this week’s derby action
By Sahar Adil | Published: July 08 2010
Just a sneak peek on what to expect on the Sunday Kingfisher Derby at the Bangalore Turf Club. The annual ‘supremo’ of all horse races will be run on July 11.
Pic Courtesy: Blue Apple
Here’s what’s keeping Bangalore busy ahead of Sunday’s Kingfisher Derby.
The difference between winning and losing is often a mere neck. Pesi Shroff learnt it the hard way, when his trained ‘Jacqueline’ lost by exactly that margin at last year’s Kingfisher Derby. But as he and the rest of the race-goers look ahead to this year’s Indian version of ‘run for the roses’, expect some stiff competition and a few missed heartbeats.
The King of Sport is set to gallop in its most majestic form as the Kingfisher Derby comes to town and the Bangalore Turf Club is at its magnetic best with all roads leading to the race course as the annual ‘supremo’ of all horse races will be run at the Bangalore Turf Club on July 11.
On the cards this week is a lot of glitz and glamour for the city of Bangalore. In true Derby style, ushering in the countdown to the race, was the handing over of the Kingfisher Derby Trophy by the sponsors to the BTC last Sunday.
After that, there is a bit of a breather, as both jockeys and trainers get into their cricketing flannels. A T20 match and the annual UB Trophy are on the cards as jockeys, trainers and owners use the afternoon to unwind before the action once again gallops to the racecourse.
Thursday night will also host the draws of the starting post for the Derby as well as a final announcement of the runners for the big sporting event. It’s a night of glamour for all those involved in racing. At the same time, the starting post positions might have a few jockeys and trainers miss a beat. With almost 12-14 runners expected this year, the field is going to be packed and the starting position can have a role to play in the final result of the derby.
Some might feel the nerves, but favourite ‘Sun Kingdom’s jockey Suraj Narredu is a vision of calm. “Some years back, I would have been nervous considering this moment and the fact that I am going to be riding the favourite,” says Suraj, “but with over 970 wins under my belt, I think I’ve acquired the maturity to handle myself and enjoy the pressure.”
While Suraj rides the pressure, here’s how you can enjoy the weekend - Hard Rock Cafe shall be the venue for a horse race simulation. Winners get a chance to sit with Vijay Mallya’s exclusive invitees on Sunday, at the racecourse!
Coming down to D-Day... It’s a massively packed ‘Super Sunday’ with the British Grand Prix, the Football world Cup final and the Kingfisher Derby all set to roll out for sport lovers in the city. Bangalore can watch one of these sports live at the venue - the Kingfisher Derby – so let all roads lead to the Bangalore Turf Club Sunday afternoon.