What: Eveready Calcutta Derby Stakes 2012-2013 (Grade I), in association with The Telegraph.
When & Where: January 13, at the Royal Calcutta Turf Club.
Pace up: With nine races to try out one’s luck at, Sunday was a day of equine excitement. Setting the pace for the seventh race of the day, the Eveready Calcutta Derby Stakes, was The Telegraph Cup in the fifth slot. One of the oldest races in the city, trotting into its 56th year, the Calcutta Derby got associated with Eveready since 2005, and since then it’s been a cool canter.
High Stakes: While the total stakes were above Rs 2 crore, the winner’s share was a whopping Rs 1,16,90,925!
Horsing in style: “I have been planning for quite sometime what I should be wearing to the races today” — Karishma Mehta couldn’t have voiced it better for the style house at the races. It wasn’t just the youngsters who took great care to pair their blacks and reds right. Even the young at heart turned up in flashy hats and fascinators. For men tied down with the rule of ‘formals’, the hairstyles turned heads — from mohawks to slick combed hair to ponytails!
Club Speak: “It was one of the richest Derby days ever held in Calcutta. Jam-packed stands, a live band in the background and the thrill of racing, it was sheer bliss. I had complete faith in Snowscape and look at the style in which he swept away the Eveready Calcutta Derby. All we can hope is that the city shows this much enthusiasm for each race day at RCTC,” smiled Anit Casyab, the club’s assistant general manager and commentator.
‘Driven by passion, powered by Eveready’ — true to its slogan, it was a clear win for the Khaitans as their horse Snowscape sprinted past the finishing line and brought home the Eveready Calcutta Derby Stakes 2012-2013 (Grade I) cup. Owned by Deepak Khaitan (far right), Yashodhara Khaitan (second from right), Subir Dasgupta (second from left) and D. Jalan (not in picture), the white-headed Snowscape was the prince of the Calcutta turf for the day, with jockey C. Alford at the reins. The winning team here was joined in the freeze frame by Amritanshu Khaitan (far left), the managing director of Eveready.