Hyderabad Race Club – A Horse Racing Club With History

Aerial View of the Hyderabad Race Club | Image Source

Why visit the Hyderabad Race Club?

  • The Hyderabad Race Club is connected to the history of the city since it was started by the Nizam the VI in 1868.
  • It is one of the oldest horse racing clubs in India.
  • The club has a world-class turf track, and hosts some of the most prestigious horse races in the country. 
  • If you are a horse racing fan or just looking for a unique and exciting experience like meeting the horses and the jockeys or watching the horses train, then this club should be on your list of things to do.

History of Hyderabad Race Club:

The Hyderabad Race Club in 1880 at Malakpet | Image Source

The Hyderabad Race Club is located at Malakpet and its race course is considered one of the top racecourses in India.

The Hyderabad Race Club came into existence in the year 1868 at Maula Ali by Nizam Asaf Jah VI who was a patron of horse racing.

The Nizam then wanted the race track to be shifted closer to his palace, and because of that, racing shifted to Malakpet in the year 1886 till 1896. Later, this was maintained by the Royal Calcutta Turf Club.

A new race course was then built in the cantonment area in Secunderabad.

The Nizam then bought 126 acres at Malakpet and got the race club shifted again. This land was bought by the Hyderabad Race Club and races were conducted under their aegis.

Today, the club’s two-tiered grandstand can seat 10,000 people at one time, with the Members’ Stand able to accommodate another 10,000 people. 

The club also has 900 paddocks, a training area, and a swimming pool for the horses. It also incorporates an advanced in-play betting system with 200 seats and several private lounge areas and refreshment stations.

Things to do at the club:

A live race
  1. Watch a live race: Hyderabad Race Club hosts one of the most efficient race tracks in India. The tracks at the event are challenging, even for the most skilled racers. Watch a live race to feel the adrenaline. The Nizam’s Gold Cup, the President of India Gold Cup, and the Deccan Derby take place at this club every year.
  2. While watching a race, test your luck and bet on a horse. For all you know, you might have a winner on your hands. You are also allowed to bet on any other races happening in the country, and it’s legal.
  3. View the training of horses: When the sport is in season, you’ll see jockeys and horses training at dawn. This race club boasts of a swimming pool for the horses.
  4. Meet the horses: Take permission from the race club authorities and get to meet the horses at their stables.
  5. Race Club Museum: Check out the museum at the Race Club where the records have been maintained meticulously. You will get to see the trophies won by racers in days gone by.
You can meet the horses at the stables

Entry Fees to the club:

1. 20 per person for Daily Ticket (Above 12 yrs)

2. 10 per person for Defence Personnel

3. 50 per person on Inter Venue Betting Day

4. 75 per person on Ordinary days 

5. 100 per person on Special days 


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