Horse races attract more than 20,000 people to the Champ de Mars every week. They have been one of the most popular sports in Mauritius since June 25, 1812, when the first day of racing was held.
History of horse racing in Mauritius
During this event, Maria Farquhar, wife of Sir Robert Farquhar, Governor of Mauritius, presented the Challenge Gold Cup to the owner of the winning horse in the main race. The English had taken possession of the former Isle of France in 1810. For them, it was important and especially necessary to win the esteem of the French population. They, therefore, decided to introduce horse racing in Mauritius in 1812. The Mauritius Turf Club was born.
Its history began with the writing of a register that established that a committee of four people met on June 12, 1812, to determine the conditions for organizing the very first day of racing. It took place on June 25, 1812, at the Champ de Mars in Port-Louis. This initiative was fully supported by the island’s governor, Robert Farquhar. The success was immediate and the enthusiasm was total.
It was no secret that the most bitter enemies of both sides could not be brought together except for a horse race, because whether it was the English or the French, the horse was a common denominator that could put them on the same wavelength.
Advantages of a private lounge
Enjoy the local life in Mauritius and discover something out of the ordinary, your driver will take you by private car to the oldest racecourse in the Indian Ocean. Wear the right outfit (jacket and tie for men and chic outfit for women) to enjoy the open bar with champagne, lunch and a variety of snacks at Champ de Mars and Crown Lodge. You will enjoy eight races a day. Enjoy a day of betting on horses at Champ de Mars Racecourse in Port Louis Superb views from the Crown Lodge VIP balcony. You will get to meet local trainers, owners, and jockeys. Transfer to the hotel in a private car with driver will be available as well as an open bar and snacks.