Royal Turf Club, Nuwara Eliya

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The Royal Turf Club Premier Cup

The exciting sport of horse racing with it’s glamour, prestige and showmanship has long held a place in the hearts and history of Sri Lanka. On the 20th of March The Royal Turf Club will host its inaugural cup at newly renovated Nuwara Eliya Racecourse.

The Royal Turf Club is dedicated to reviving racing in Sri Lanka and restoring the sport to its historic glory. Horse racing in a noble and ancient sport with its origins and traditions dating back to about 4500 BC among the nomadic tribesmen of Central Asia. Known as the ‘Sport of The Kings’ it was first introduced to Sri Lanka by John Baker. The Royal Turf Club aims to reinvigorate the sport by introducing free and fair horse racing across the country in both rural and urban area.
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  • One of the very picturesque places in Nuwara eliya. The place is very peaceful and does not attract much tourists. You can enjoy ponney ride here and get a good view of the mountains nearby. A good...  more »
  • I had a Great Day in VIP Lounge. 31st March 2019 Races. met Brazil's Ambassador to Ceylon. This is a must for Race Goers Bucket List. Melbourne Cup, Birdsville Cup, Darwin Cup, Townsville Cup, Cairns....  more »
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  • The place to be. See and be seen. Style and excitement at the highest. Rub shoulders with High Society.
  • Nuwara Eliya Racecourse in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka is the only remaining horse racing venue in Sri Lanka. Situated 1,868 metres (6,129 ft) above sea level the race course is one of the highest in the world. The track has a circumference of 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) (approx. 9 furlongs) with a 333-metre straight.The inaugural race meeting at Nuwara Eliya was held in 1875 and was organised by the Nuwara Eliya Gymkhana Club. These meetings carried on intermittently until 1900 when the current race course was laid out. In 1956 horse racing was banned in Sri Lanka, with the historic Colombo Racecourse in Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo together with the Nuwara Eliya course both closing. Nuwara Eliya Race Course became the only surviving race track in the country. In August 2011, the Sports Ministry took over the ownership of the Nuwara Eliya Racecourse from the Sri Lanka Turf Club. The racecourse is now managed by the Sugathadasa National Sports Complex Authority, with race meetings being conducted by the Sri Lanka Turf Club. Races Five horse racing meets are held in Nuwara Eliya during the April season. Meets are also held in August and December. The most prestigious race being the Governor's Cup, a 9 furlong race for Class I thoroughbreds, which is held on the Sinhalese New Year (generally 14 April)and was first contested in 1833.

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