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Fashion Trends, Glamour and Rich Races at Mahalaxmi - By Mahendra Mallya

Posted on - 04 Feb 2011

Fashion Trends, Glamour and Rich Races at Mahalaxmi

By Mahendra Mallya

The fashion trends of Mumbai are just about to make a fresh statement and those in the know will be seen in an array of new avtaars. This, after all, is the McDowell Signature Indian Derby time. Coming Sunday, the richest and the most glamorous event of the country unfolds at the famed Mahalaxmi racecourse, to crown the new champion of the turf!

Speculation is high and the excitement soaring, as trainers and jockeys brace themselves for the biggest day of their lives, a test of their skills and the heady glory that beckons, with a solitary success, a victory in the McDowell Signature Indian Derby. Changing lives and shaping careers, the McDowell Signature Indian Derby is of most significance to any racing professional in the land.

For the owners, it is a lasting memory of having led-in an Indian Derby winner. It is a perfect end to a deeply rooted fantasy to own a champion horse and that title is unanimously conferred to the horse by the entire racing fraternity, when the aspiring 4 year old romps home to his/her McDowell Signature Indian Derby triumph. The joy is boundless, the jubilation vocal and visible and the world around the triumphant connections is suddenly such a beautiful place to live in!
The crowds that throng the racecourse are seen to be believed. Each of the tens of thousands who breathe the fresh racecourse air that afternoon, root in unison, right behind the winning horse. No matter who the winner is, no matter which horse was fancied by the majority, the winner of the MSID gets a rousing, standing ovation from the packed Grand Stands, one which even our own Sachin Tendulkar would be proud of! The winning jockey becomes a star, and if he already was one, he becomes a super star! Such is the love and mania of the MSID.

Leading up to the Derby is a series of high flying events. This year the now traditional “Post Position Draw” saw a grand mix of a variety of entertaining events. A fashion show in partnership with the Ministry of Fashion brought Rajasthani folklore on the ramp. The show was preceded by the official signing of the renewal of the association between United Spirits Limited and the RWITC. The Club has made exceptional progress in not only adding a new list of sponsors but also retaining existing ones. For the crowds that get drawn to this Derby magic at the Mahalaxmi racecourse, the pulsating wait for the big race, is softened by a string of awesome entertainment, flown-in especially for the Derby-loyal masses by the USL. In its dedicated effort to enliven the proceedings, exceptionally talented performers from across the Globe, showcase their talents for the Mumbai crowds. Assorted variety of dance, music and action is what makes the Derby-day a landmark event for the entire city of Mumbai.

With the ever-growing popularity of the McDowell Signature Indian Derby, it comes as overwhelming news, that the USL has extended their association with the RWITC for the Indian Derby, up to 2017 at a whopping sponsorship value of Rs 28 crores. The formal agreement and a signature handshake between two premiere establishments ought to be greatly applauded for the biggest ever deal in the history of Indian horse racing!

THE MSID can now only get bigger and better!

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