Once again the Royal Turf Club will score another first when they stage ‘Ladies Day’ up at the Nuwara Eliya Race Track on 17 September , with Minister Navin Dissanayake coming as a special guest.
Nuwara Eliya will be all agog when the Royal Turf Club [ RTC ] kicks off or rather gallops off their next race which is bound to create a lot of excitement amongst both spectators and participants .
Five races are to be conducted with more that LKR 1,000,000 prize money to be distributed. The Class 5 Handicap is a most interesting event where the first of the RTC Sale Auction horses Salsa Dancer will test her skill on the tricky Nuwara Eliya circuit. The Jayantha Wijesinghe trained pair, namely Cosmopolitan, will attempt to finish ahead of stablemate Agusta, as per the last race meeting when a length separated them. Agusta will be slightly better off on her weight this time which should make for a closer finish. The highly impressive Sri Lankan bred Don Hasa will be attempting to win his third race at an RTC meeting. Don Hasa has had 5 starts with the RTC for two wins and three seconds, however this will be his first attempt at the sprint distance of 1070 metres on the Nuwara Eliya course. Bearing in mind that the other runners are also trying their luck at this distance in Sri Lanka, this will surely be an exciting event.
Fashion shows by l’Atelier Touché, Colombo’s latest high end women’s fashion boutique showcasing an inspiring collection of their own labels Touché, Touché Couture and Maré, crafted for that european chic look will be launched exclusively at the Royal Turf Club races on Saturday 17th September, where their new Tropical Fall Collection 2016 will be showcased. Choreography will be by Jacquie Mei featuring models from The Agency and Make Up Box, while Colombo’s elite salon Chagall will handle the hair and make up. Songbird Natasha Ratnayake will once more enthrall her fans, while veteran DJ Dr.J will contribute to the musical line up.
As always the Best Dressed Lady , Best Fascinator, and Best Dressed Couple will be selected, always a much looked forward to event, while children too have not been forgotten .
As is the norm with the RTC, drug free racing is a given, with the welfare of the animal being uppermost. The new starting gates which were such a success last meeting will be in use again with the innovative back roller gates as a safety measure for horse and rider.
The Royal Turf Club is all set to encourage and popularize this truly magnificent Sport and all plans are on track to ensure a fabulous day of racing on 17th September .
“Make sure you are there to watch ‘ the hills come alive’, complete with Racing at the Highest Level ” (Media Release)