Ooty Racecourse

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Ooty Racecourse is a highland race course in Ooty, The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu. Built for summer racing in the hills, the course stands at an altitude of 2,268 m above sea level. The race course is adjacent to the railway station in the heart of town.

Horse races are conducted in the summer season, from April to June, when it has been traditional to come to the hill station to escape the summer heat. The course occupies over 55 acres in the centre of Ooty. The course is about 2.4  km long, and is one of the most famous race courses in India. The main event of the racing season is "The Nilgiri Gold Cup Race", a traditional and popular race. To commemorate 125 years of racing in this hill station, a special race for "The Post Centenary Silver Jubilee Cup" was run in 2011,[1] and creating a garden is under discussion.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

A fire occurred at the race course in March 2011, believed to have been started by a cigarette butt, but was put out without harm to the horses.[8]

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  1. ^ D. Radhakrishnan (2011-05-04). "Lucky draw to mark Ooty racing milestone". The Hindu. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  2. ^ "Beauty of race course to be enhanced". The Hindu. 2011-04-15. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  3. ^ D. Radhakrishnan (2011-04-14). "Ooty waits for the race to begin". The Hindu. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  4. ^ "Ooty Horse Racing". indiaandindians.com. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  5. ^ "Ooty (Udhagamandalam): Racecourse". lonelyplanet.com. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  6. ^ "Ooty Race Course". india9.com. 2005-06-07. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  7. ^ D. Radhakrishnan (2011-04-17). "An important milestone in the Ooty racing season". The Hindu. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  8. ^ "Fire at Ooty race course, horses safe". Times of India. 2011-03-12. Retrieved 2011-09-22.