Come & enjoy an amazing lodge with a unique perspective on the Champ de Mars ! A full day at the Mauritius horse racing which includes history, tradition,glamour and excitement!
Located on the VIP balcony, next door to the president of the Mauritius Turf Club : it’s a strategic location which allows a magnificient view on the finish line and the « paddock »
The Lodge was launched in May 2002. It is a private Steward suite converted to allow tourists from around the world to discover, in optimum conditions of comfort and safety the electric atmosphere of horse racing in Mauritius.
Every Saturday, about noon, a surging mass of people flocks towards The Champ de Mars, one of the oldest race course in the world !
The origin of horse racing in Mauritius dates back to 1812.The aim of the founders of the Mauritius Turf Club was to reconcile the French settlers with the English administration who had conquered the island in December 1810. They were convinced that the convivial atmosphere of horse racing would foster unity between the two communities and ensure social peace and harmony after years of fighting in the Indian Ocean. The new Governor, Sir Robert Farquhar and his wife of French origin, Maria Lautour, actively supported the organization of horse racing, the latter offering the first gold cup after the Club’s history to mark the occasion.The number of race meetings has kept increasing over the years. Nowadays, the racing season starts at the end of March and last until the first week end of December, closing with the International Jockeys’ Week End, marked by the participation of world class jockeys.Over the years, betting at the races has become complex and widespread. Traditionally, betting was organised by bookmakers who offered win bets only. They had total freedom in the calculation and determination of the odds. Next to betting at the bookies, the public had access to various lotteries, based on the races’ results.
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