Mumbai Racing Season will be held in Pune: RWITCBy rahul71 | 06-Oct-2020
MUMBAI: Even though the Pune Racing Season is yet to start in Pune owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) is confident that not only Pune Season, but even the Mumbai Season 2020-21 will be held in Pune.
“Yes, we are very positive about having Mumbai Season in Pune,” RWITC chairman Zavaray Poonawalla told TOI on Monday.
The Mahalaxmi Racecourse, which holds Mumbai Season from mid-November to late April every year, is currently hosting a huge facility for the Covid-19 patients. Almost the entire parking area and a good part of Members Enclosure have Air-Conditioned tents for Corona patients.
Looking at the present condition of the Mahalaxmi racecourse, it looks almost impossible that the racing can be conducted there for a long time to come.
But how will RWITC conduct Mumbai Season in Pune when it has even failed to start Pune Season which usually gets over towards the third week of October?
“Our hopes to conduct the Pune Season are not over. All those who are involved in getting permissions from the government are working relentlessly on a continuous basis and the process is progressing well,” informed Poonawalla.
“The recent spike in Covid cases in Pune has impeded and slowed down government permissions. The minute we get all permissions, racing will resume in Pune. We are looking forward to conducting the first race day on Saturday, October 17 if luck favours us. We are very hopeful to get the permissions sooner than later,” added one of the leading breeders in the country.
RWITC plans to have a short Pune Season 2020. “However short the Pune Season will be, we will have it and within a week’s gap, Mumbai Season will take place at the Pune Racecourse,” stated Poonawalla.