RTC’s Magic Million gallops off on Sunday, April 16


Excitement will reach the peak on April 16 with all the year’s work converging into one challenging event, the RTC Magic Million, the biggest and the most challenging racing event of the year. (Files)

Excitement reaches a peak on 16th April 2017, with all the year’s work converging into one challenging event – the RTC Magic Million- which is the biggest and most challenging racing event of the year.

‘The RTC Magic Million Race Day’ is billed to produce unfettered excitement, stated RTC CEO, Wayne Wood. Track conditions are predicted to be ‘good going’ for the 16th of April, stated Clerk of the course, Stipendiary Steward and jockey trainer Sinclair Marshal, which he stated will be favourable to most horses and will sharpen the competition.

President Panduka Keerthinanda stated that 16th of April would see seven races, namely the Thorough Bred Class 1, Class 2, 3, 4 and 5 plus two races of which one will be for half breds and the other for three quarter breds. Keerthinanda stated that in total a number of 40-50 horses are expected to participate. He also stated that there will be a carnival atmosphere this time with the Band ‘Misty’ doing the honours and the latest fashions by local designers, modeled by local and foreign models walking the catwalk.

The 16th April event has seen record ticket sales, said Treasurer Rupasinghe, but he assured the public that some tickets have been reserved for sale at the gates on the race day itself. Tickets are Rs. 100 for the public areas, while Grand Stand tickets are priced at Rs. 2,000 and the VIP Box is Rs. 5,000.

Rupasinghe also said that the total stakes paid out for the four races was Rs. 2,894,781 with Rs. 833,708.75 going to the Trainers and Rs. 200,625.00 going to the winning jockeys.

RTC’s new President Keerthinanda has been at great pains to inject new life and enthusiasm to the sport and he certainly has succeeded in this respect .

A record number of new sponsors have come on board the RTC, including Nuwara Eliya’s new hospitality sensation, the luxurious Black Pool Hotel who are RTC’s Hospitality Partner. In addition, Red FM and Mosh have joined RTC’s efforts as Radio Partner and Beauty Care Partner respectively. Other Partners are the Edwards Collection, Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya, The Hill Club and the Alpine Club. RTC’s Fashion Competition Partners are Hilton Hotel, Raja Jewellers, Hameedia’s, Mount Lavinia Hotel, Abdeen Jewellers, Suriya Resorts and numerous others.

The RTC’s Pony Welfare Fund Raffle was also a resounding success with 12 winners winning prizes ranging from Rs. 2,500 to Rs. 10,000. Event organiser Nikhil Punna said that excitement among spectators will be heightened due to the on course raffles that are being held where spectators can purchase raffle tickets for their favourite horses and win prizes of Rs. 10,000, 5,000 and 2,500 for horses coming 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each race.

In addition, Rs. 1 million worth of prizes are on offer for the Lady with the Best Hat, Best Dressed Gent and Best Dressed Couple this season.

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