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A record breaking Zoroastrian Race Day on Sunday - By Vivek Jain

Posted on - 25 Dec 2013

A record breaking Zoroastrian Race Day on Sunday 
By Vivek Jain
The RWITC has great pleasure in announcing the 10th World Zoroastrian Congress Race Day on Sunday 29th December 2013. For the first time ever, as many as eight Million / Multimillion races will be run on one afternoon making it a red letter day not only for our Club, but also in the history of Indian Racing.
The 10th World Zoroastrian Congress, sponsored by Dr.Cyrus S.Poonawalla, and being inaugurated by the President of India, will be held in Mumbai from 27th to 30th December 2013 and comes to India after nearly 25 years. The theme of the Congress is “Zoroastrianism in the 21st century: Nurturing Growth and Identity.
 A visit to the races is a part of the three day event. We expect over 1500 Zoroastrian delegates from all over the world to be our guests on this afternoon. TO CREATE A SPECIAL AMBIENCE AND MAKE IT A TRULY UNIQUE EVENT, WE INVITE OUR ZOROASTRIAN MEMBERS TO COME DRESSED IN THEIR TRADITIONAL ZOROASTRIAN ATTIRE AND PARTAKE IN THE FESTIVITIES. The day will feature a live band “2 girls and a guitar” that will perform the best retro music and other foot stomping numbers. A food court with some of the best brands in the business will offer a delectable treat on the Lawns. The racing will feature :-
  • The A C Ardeshir Trophy with a guaranteed prize of Rs.1.5 million;
  • The Zoroastrian Multimillion with a guaranteed prize of Rs.2 million sponsored by The Villoo Poonawalla Foundation;
  • The Villoo Poonawalla Foundation Million with a guaranteed prize of Rs.1 million sponsored by Dr.Cyrus S Poonawalla;
  • The Darashaw Million with a guaranteed prize of Rs.1 million sponsored by Darashaw & Co.Pvt. Ltd.
  • The Gool & Soli Poonawalla Million with a guaranteed prize of Rs.1 million sponsored by Mr.Zavaray S. Poonawalla.
  • The Talati & Panthaky Associated – Architects, Zoroastrian Trophy added amount of Rs.1 million sponsored by Talati & Panthaki Assoc. Pvt.Ltd.
  • The Shapoorji Pallonji Infrastructure Million with a guaranteed prize of Rs.1 million sponsored by Shapoorji & Pallonji & Co.Ltd.
  • The Nanoli Stud Million with a guaranteed prize of Rs.1 million sponsored by Nanoli Stud & Agricultural Farm.
  • The 10th World Zoroastrian Congress Trophy.
For the first time such high stakes are offered for all classes on one afternoon, and the total prize money will cross way over Rs.1 crore!
We hope our members, friends and guests will throng Mahalaxmi Race Course on Sundayas a tribute not only to an unprecedented race day, but also to the Zoroastrian community of the city and from all parts of the world.
The Parsi community has been closely associated with horse racing in India, especially at Mahalakshmi Race Course, where the contribution of Sir C.N.Wadia is legendary. The RWITC has a rich heritage of several Parsis as members, owners and even past Chairmen of the Club and it most heartening to see so many Parsi sponsors who have come together to make a spectacular success of the day.”
It is but fitting that the main sponsor of the Congress, Dr Cyrus Poonawalla, is also one of the major sponsors of the day.
The RWITC is privileged to be part of this great event that honours the Zoroastrian community.

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