The McDowell Signature Indian Derby line-up has been finalised and twelve runners will go to the post for India’s ‘signature’ horse race. With only their barrier numbers to be decided, the post position draw is an important and exciting event.
While the draw often does not matter over a mile and a half, it may do so at the Mahalaxmi track. The twelve furlong marker is at the Winning Post and the horses hit the first turn soon after the jump-out. An inside draw is generally advantageous while an outside one can be challenging as horses may find them- selves out of position right from the first turn onward.
The Signature Post Position Draw is an evening where owners get the opportunity to determine their own fates. Against the backdrop of fashion, music and style, this event has now become a part of the McDowell Signature Indian Derby tradition and has evolved to become a unique pre-derby party. Cocktails, dinner, fashion and music come together at one of the most beautiful settings in the city of Mumbai.
The Signature fashion show from Ministry of Fashion will mix the bold with the beautiful as Anchal Kumar, Shamita Singha, Sanea Sheikh and Niketan Madhok will walk the ramp with Geeta Basra and with traditional Kachi goris while live Rajasthani folk music will bring the night alive. This heady cocktail of high street fashion with rustic Indian culture added to the bold and beautiful people is just one highlight of what has become a ‘Signature’ event an event that cannot be missed.
With 27 years of continued association with the Indian Derby, United Sprits Limited has created perhaps the longest corporate association for any sport in India. The fact that this has been achieved with such an elite / lifestyle sport speaks volumes of the vision and leadership of our Chairman, Dr. Vijay Mallya and USL’s senior management. Now this association is further being strengthened with signing of the extension of USL’s association with RWITC for the Indian Derby till 2017 for a record amount of Rs.28 Crores over 5 years. This will be cemented in a formal ceremonial signing between Dr. Vijay Mallya, Chairman of United Spirits Limited and Vivek Jain, Chairman of the R.W.I.T.C. Ltd. On the occasion, S.D. Lalla, Joint President, USL said that this was a momentous signing. “Our association with the McDowell Signature Indian Derby has made it the most exciting horse race in the country. With this renewal, we are proud to be able to say that McDowell Signature Indian Derby is on the global map amongst not just horse racing but all sports events.”
– OE News Bureau