HYDERABAD RACE CLUB
INDIAN HORSE RACING LIBRARY AND MUSEUM
  
Race goers have a chance to step into the pages of history when they visit the library and museum in the Paddock Complex of the Members Enclosure. Open an all the days when races are held at Hyderabad, this institution’s entrance is distinguished by the visual of horses fighting out a finish.


 

The Hyderabad Race Club is the only Turf Club in India to have established a Racing Museum almost two decades ago. The Museum has on display plenty of interesting artefacts, photographs and books connected to Indian and international racing, including trophies and also tack of some of the famous jockeys. 

The Hyderabad Race Club is privileged to have a signed pair of Racing Goggles of the greatest icon of racing, Lester Piggott. He was kind enough to send it with a personal letter along with a copy of his Autobiography. There is also a Race Card signed by him of the 1961 St Leger which he had won on Aurelius, besides a few copies of Martini and Rossi certificates presented to him for riding a Treble at various racing centres. 

The Museum also has on display  a signed pair of goggles of jockey Ron Turcotte, who was a regular rider of the American Triple Crown Winner, Secretariat, and rode more than 3000 winners until he had a racing accident which ended his racing career. Also on display is a signed pair of goggles of the US  jockey Javier Castellano who has ridden almost 60000 winners and is going strong, and Julie Krone who rode nearly 4000 winners in the US. 

That’s not all. There are also badges of old Members and Stewards on display. Also on display is a whip of Brian Foy, the Australian jockey who at the age of 20 was the Champion Jockey at Malakpet in 1969 and Champion in Bangalore in 1970. He was branded as the "glamour boy" and rode in India for only two seasons, besides riding in eight other countries including England with great success. He initiated the formation of the Jockeys Association of India and was a Founder Member.  The whips of M Jagdish and Aslam Kader are also on display. 

What’s more, the saddle used by the famous British Jockey Sandy Barclay, on which he won all his 24 Indian Classics, is in the Museum.  Sandy Barclay was branded as 'the Wonder Boy' of British Racing and was widely regarded as the most promising jockey after Lester Piggott. He became the Champion Apprentice Jockey in England at the age of 18 and was the first jockey to Sir Noel Murless at the age of 19 in 1968. In India, he was a great success too. Besides winning over 20 Indian Classics, he won most of the major races at all the racing centres. There are also saddles of Sinclair Marshall and Robin Corner, and Richard Alford's trophy that was presented to him when he won the Invitation Cup on Midnight Cowboy.  

Racing helmets of the two Indian legends Vasant Shinde and Shamu Chavan are on display, plus a hat of Mr MA Chidambaram, former Chairman of the Madras Race Club and a very distinguished owner; and a pair of binoculars used by Suresh Mahindra, apart from the racing plates of Desert God which he had on when he  won the Indian Derby. There are also Racing Colours of leading owners on display, a cap worn by the famous British Trainer Sir Henry Cecil and the Indian legend RR Byramji.  

There are several interesting photographs on display. Most of the leading-in pictures of winners trained by Z Darashah and RR Byramji during their career are in the Museum. The two trainers were very kind to have presented their collection of photographs to the Museum. There are also some rare and historic  photographs on display, including one of Lester Piggott against the skeleton of the great racehorse Eclipse. 

Breeches and boots of the world's top ranked jockey Christophe Lemaire are also on display. Lemaire moved to Japan after having been a first jockey to the Aga Khan in France. He has been the leading jockey in Japan since 2014 and is branded as a "super star" in the country. He was a sensation when he rode in India, and won the Indian Turf Invitation Cup in Bangalore. 

It’s indeed an honour to have the Polo Boots of the Sixth Nizam, HH Mir Mehbub Ali Khan on display. The Malakpet Racecourse was his private property, and the only racecourse in the world in a ruler’s own house which was the Mehbub Mansion. The Seventh Nizam, HEH  Sir Osman Ali Khan was generous and kind enough to have agreed to part with the Racecourse for a very nominal amount and today the Hyderabad Race Club is the only Turf Club in India which owns the property. 

There are some old Race Cards on display, besides a copy of the Prospectus of the 1886 Hyderabad Racing Season. The Invitation Cup Trophy, an old weighing machine, and a 170 year-old horse measuring scale is also on display.  

The Museum is a treasure trove of an invaluable collection and a must for racing aficionados to put on their itinerary.

Library:

The Library of the Hyderabad Race Club  has a number of  books on racing, breeding , equestrian sports ,  books on veterinary science, racing magazines  all of which  have been collected over a number of  years..

Books on famous racehorses , jockeys , well known  personalities of racing, autobiographies of some of the jockeys and trainers , copies of Bloodstock Breeders Review, Register of Thoroughbred Stallions , copies of books on famous horses of the British Turf   of the 20s and 30s, copies of the British and European Racehorses, Stud and Stable , Blood Horse, Pacemaker, Tattersalls Auction Sale Catalogues, copies of the RWITC, BTC, HRC, MRC  Auction Sale Catalogues, the old Fonn and Co's  and Original Vel's Racing Records, and French Racing Journals are all part of the Library.

 

 

 
Golden Jubilee 1961 - 2011
 
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