Royal Turf Club, Nuwara Eliya

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  • In front of the royal turf club, locals a little too insistent try to make you take a ride. After heavily negotiating, we did a 5-minute mini ride on horseback (instead of 15 minutes). We were aware of the "scam" but the experience was finally funny, the horses were surprisingly good. Apart from this, it is unusual to observe horses going free in the racecourse (they have no box). Especially if you want to go on a horseback ride, negotiate hard and watch out for scams.
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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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