Calcutta: Trainers at the Royal Calcutta Turf Club (RCTC), once again, failed to muster horse strength, that would have stitched together a race-card, thus prompting the stewards to announce cancellation of yet another Wednesday racing fixture. Last Wednesday’s meet had fallen through on similar grounds — paucity of acceptors. The next city race-meet will follow on September 21, and, incidentally, it was the September 25 fixture that was brought forward. Eight events, including the Monsoon Cup, have been planned for the day.
There was, nevertheless, gloom in the racingcircles and one could understand frustration of small time horseowners and professionals. In fact, the rest of the season also seems to be under a cloud as the city thoroughbred strength has hit all time low — well below 200. To add to it, more than three dozen horses from trainer Daniel David’s yard are under medication and their participation in race events remain doubtful before the Derby day on September 29. The monsoon season concludes on October 9.
The official circles are equally concerned about the fate of the season. Expressing his helplessness, Vineet Verma, ceo and secretary RCTC said; “Some drastic measures will have to be taken now..”