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Hyderabad monsoon season from July 19

HYDERABAD, JUNE 18. The 28-day meeting of the Hyderabad Race Club's monsoon season starts on July 19 with about 600 horses including 158 two-year-olds in the charge of 16 trainers and nearly 55 jockeys in the fray. Occupying pride of place in the calendar is The Hindu Deccan Derby slated for October 2.

The advertised stakes compared to last year's prospectus has been raised by Rs. 47,33,750, touching an all-time high of Rs. 3,69,79,000. With division of races, the total stake could increase further. The total trophy value has gone up by Rs. 2,35,000 and it now stands at Rs. 9,75, 000.

The trophy value of every sweepstake race has been increased by Rs. 20,000, for the The Hindu Deccan Derby and the President Of India Gold Cup by Rs. 30,000, Category I by Rs. 15,000, Category II by Rs. 10,000 and Category III by Rs. 7,500. The total stake money for all the races has registered a 5.5 % jump over last year.

The added stake has been upped by Rs. 50,000 for each of the following, viz; A.P. Governor's Cup, A.P. Chief Minister's Cup and the Melbourne Racing Club Trophy and there is a change in the terms for these sweepstake races.

The following is the category-wise stakes with trophy costs in brackets: Sweepstake races Rs. 52,00,000 (Rs. 2,00,000), Category I terms Rs. 20,56,000 (Rs. 1,50,000) and handicap races Rs. 26,73,000 (Rs. 1,70,000), Category II terms (maiden 3-y-o) Rs. 43,89,000 (Rs. 15,000), terms Rs. 54,73,000 (Rs. 1,95,000) and handicap races Rs. 77,40,000 (Rs.70,000), Category III handicap races Rs. 77,28,000 (Rs.1,75,000) and Category IV handicap races, Rs. 17,20,000.

Competition for three-year-olds will be stiff with increased participation.

The other main events are the Dashmesh and Hargobind Nizam's Gold Cup (August 21), the A.P. Governor's Cup (August 22), the D.B.A. Fillies Trial Stakes (August 29), the D.B.A. Colts Trial Stakes (September 5), the Melbourne Racing Club Trophy (September 6), the President of India Gold Cup (September 12), the A.P. Chief Minister's Cup (September 19) and the Golconda St. Leger (October 31).

The other racing days are July 26, August 1, 7, 8, 14, 15 and 28. September 11, 18, 25 and 26, October 3, 9, 10, 16, 18, 22 and 30.

This monsoon season will see a new look paddock with rubberised tiles for rolling horses and beautification work of the race course in progress. A few more showers are however necessary to improve underfoot conditions.

From the present seven in the Twin Cities, the number of off-course tote centres has gone up to nine, with the opening of a new one in Visakhapatnam, likely to substantially contribute to collections, both for the club and the government. Another such facility is planned for Guntur. The HRC has paid Rs. 20 crores as tax to the A.P. government this year, two crores more than last year.

Two video projectors will be installed this season in the members stands to follow the action on the first and second floors. These will be in addition to the two already in operation in the grandstand. Laxman Singh and Faiyaz Shaikh have taken up training again, after a two-year gap.

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