Mahalaxmi Racecourse

Mahalaxmi Racecourse

The Mahalaxmi Racecourse is a horse racing ground in the Indian city of Mumbai. The ground is oval shaped and is located in the Mahalaxmi vicinity. It is approx. of open land in the heart of Mumbai city. The horse racing season starts in mid November and ends in the last week of April. On the first Sunday in February, the Derby is conducted annually and is attended by many of the city's glitterati. Since the year 1986 till date The Indian Derby has been sponsored by liquor baron Vijay Mallya's UB Group under the name of flagship company McDowells Co. Ltd. as The McDowell's Indian Derby. The Mahalaxmi Racecourse is a replica of the Melbourne Racecourse. The ground is run by the Royal Western India Turf Club on lease from the Bombay Municipal Corporation. Mahalaxmi Racecourse also features a restaurant, Gallops, which is populated by the well-to-do couples or families during the day and night. The interior is decorated with a rustic charm, reminiscent of the British imperialism's palaces with the light fixtures, the dainty carriages with the curtains, and still, the stable, with the bolts along the wall and lining the roof. The restaurant serves Punjabi cuisine (naan and palak paneer, for example) and Western cuisine dishes such as fondue. It offers an excellent selection of wines and beers, providing Indian and Western varieties. To finish the meal, a dessert menu is provided--with options such as gulab jamun to cheesecake and apple cobbler.

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