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  established a Racing Museum  almost two decades ago and it's  the only Turf Club in India to have set it up. The Museum  has on display plenty of interesting items/ photographs / books connected to Indian and international racing, 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 of the 1961 St Leger which he had won on Aurelius signed by him 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 till , he had a racing  accedent 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 on going and Julie Krone who rode nearly  4000 winners in the US.

There are old  Members/ Stewards  Badges on display  besides ,is a  whip of  jockeys 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) when he came and rode in India .,, He was branded as the "glamour boy"  and  rode in India for only two  seasons.  besides riding in eight other countries with great success including England ,  . He initiated the forming of the Jockeys Association of India and was a Founder Member.  Whips of   M Jagdish , Aslam Kader,are also on display, saddle used by the famous British Jockey  Sandy Barclay , he won all his 24 Indian Classics using the same saddle which is in the Museum.  Sandy Barclay was branded as ' the Wonder Boy' of British Racing and 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  saddles of Sinclair Marshall and Robin Corner, Richard Alford 's trophey 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 there on display, , a hat of Mr MA Chidambaram former Chairman of the Madras Race Club and a very distingushed owner , a pair of binoculars used by Suresh Mahindra ,.racing plates of Desert God the ones  he had them on when he  won the Indian Derby . There are Racing Colours of leading owners on display,  a cap worn by the famous British  Trainer Sir  Henry Cecil and the Indian legend  RR Byramji . , 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. . Breeches and boots of the World's Top Ranked Jockey Christope Lemaire are  on display. Lemaire  moved to Japan after having been a first jockey to the Aga Khan in France and  has been the leading jockey in Japan since 2014 and is branded as a " super star " in Japan. He was a sensation when he rode in India , won the Indian Turf Invitation Cup in Bangalore..

Its 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, the only racecourse in the World in a Rulers 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 also a 170 year old horse measuring scale is on display.. There are some rare and historic  photographs on display including one of Lester Piggott  against  the skeleton of the great racehorse Eclipse

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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