Tucked away as a tear drop off the southern coast of India in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is an island nation that has a long tradition of horse racing that dates to the 1840s when it was known by its English colonial name of Ceylon. Its current racing season begins Saturday at the 37-acre Nuwara Eliya Race Course in the hill country town of the same name, and meets will be held on the 13th and 18th of the month as well. The country’s most prestigious race is the class 1 Governor’s Cup over 10 furlongs on the 13th, and this year’s will be the 123rd edition. Most of the runners in Sri Lanka today are ex-Indians.
“We are organizing our annual April festive season horse races,” said Dhammika Attygalle, the president of the Sri Lanka Turf Club. “This year the Sri Lanka Turf Club has received lots of entries, and each race [on the program] will have more than 10 entries.”
(In the walking ring at Nuwara Eliya Race Course at left, and down the stretch they come, above, and right.)