The Maiden is the most popular and important event on the turfist’s list. In Mauritius, the Maiden happens mostly in the month of September and during the event, thousands and thousands of horse-racing enthusiasts gather at the Champ de Mars in Port Louis and is the oldest horse-racing club in the Southern Hemisphere and the second oldest in the world.. Be it for the game or as a family tradition, the Maiden is certainly not to be missed. It is the the event of the year!
Today, the Champ de Mars attracts tens of thousands of people on each racing day during the racing season from late March to early December and has become the ultimate meeting place for racing fanatics from all over the island and even from abroad. The track has also played a fundamental role in propelling horse racing as the most popular sport and form of entertainment among the local population.
The attendance record at the Champ de Mars was set in 1984 when more than 100,000 people turned up at the Maiden Cup, the most prestigious race in the Mauritian racing calendar. Nippy Regen, owned by the Gujadhur stable, won the race and was ridden by Adrian Walkinshaw.
Join in the fun with the locals and their families as they gather in Port-Louis, and why not bet a few rupees on these majestic, powerful racehorses. You may even have the thrill of winning a few... Get a glimpse of the diversity of the sport, while enjoying the elegant facilities of the Club where gentlemen traditionally wear elegant suits and ladies don their finest dresses and hats.
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