~The KF Ultra Derby enjoys a total prize purse of Rs. 2 crore, with the winner taking home
Rs. 1.20 crore along with the trophy ~
Kingfisher Ultra, synonymous with high fashion and ‘Good Times’ celebrated a successful year of magnificent racing events in the country. After gaining high popularity in its first edition, the fourth edition of the Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby was an extravaganza, with its great line-up of thoroughbreds and attendance of the city’s crème-da-la-crème at the Royal Western India Turf Club. Sunday featured a power packed and majestic line-up of 4-year-old thoroughbred colts, geldings, and fillies on the race-track climaxing with the blue riband race
Star Superior kept his date with destiny in the most anticipated event of the Indian racing calendar, The Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby, with a remarkable performance in front of a mammoth crowd of 30,000. Trained by Rajesh Narredu and ridden by Suraj Narredu, Star superior thundered towards victory to win the coveted trophy at the Royal Western India Turf Club. He covered close to 5 lengths on the favorite Sir Cecil to win by a widening margin of another five-length dashing the hopes of many while proving that he is the best mile and half horse in the country.
Mr. Khushroo Dhunjibhoy, Chairman, Royal Western India Turf Club said, “The fourth edition of the Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby at the Royal Western India Turf Club was a roaring success. There was glitz, glamour and a star! Star Superior won with his outstanding performance and took home the coveted Indian Derby title, as predicted by Dr. Cyrus S Poonawalla.”
Commenting on the occasion, Gurpreet Singh, Divisional Vice-President (Marketing), United Breweries Limited said, “Our association with this regal sport spans nearly three decades and we are very excited to continue our partnership with RWITC as title sponsors for the Fourth edition of the Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby. I would like to congratulate the winner on a splendid race today and thank racing enthusiasts who comeback year after year to make the Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby the most renowned sporting spectacle. Kingfisher Ultra’s endeavor is to bring the best to its consumers. I would also like to thank and congratulate the RWITC, the owners, breeders and jockeys for making this a memorable event.”
Commenting on his win, Jockey Suraj Narredu said “That this victory was extra special as the winner was trained by his younger brother Rajesh Narredu. Rajesh Narredu dedicated this victory to his family and thanked the Poonawalla family who owns Star Superior.”
Mr. Zavaray Poonawalla & Mrs. Behroze Poonawalla, representing Poonawalla racing and breeding; Mr. Adar Poonawalla representing Viloo Poonawalla racing & Breeding; Rajesh Narredu & Sanjay kumar Shinde, took home Rs 1.2 crore as prize money and were immensely proud of their achievement while receiving the trophy from Mr. Gurpreet Singh, Divisional Vice president Marketing, United Breweries Limited
The Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby 2019 made for a perfect weekend with an amalgamation of music and fashion, infused with a dash of adrenaline. The racing event saw the well heeled and illustrious names of the city celebrate the sport and soak into the spirit of the game.
The weekend leading up to the Derby was indeed more than just a race, it was a festive atmosphere with a glamourous prelude of grand magnitude. The Run-up to the Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby kicked off with much fanfare at the Breakfast With Champions with a behind the scenes look at the horses.
The top three of the Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby -2019 are:
Mrs. D. Khaitan
Mr.Tegbir Singh Brar
This year’s derby weekend was a truly a one of a kind experiences as it offered best of the world of racing, music and fun. Crowds moved and swayed to tunes of the artists such as DJ Chico and Preeti with scintillating performances by Forefront and OnEmpire.
The Royal Western India Turf Club is renowned as the premier-racing club in India offering unrivalled facilities matching with the best in the world. RWITC has a history spanning just over two centuries. The RWITC conducts racing at Mumbai's Mahalaxmi Racecourse (from November to April), and Pune (from July to October), The RWITC has about 10000 data base of Members 41 A licensed trainer’s, and approximate 83 jockeys including the foreign jockeys from England / Ireland and typically houses around 850 horses in training at Mumbai's Mahalaxmi Racecourse.
Today it stands as one of the premier racecourses in the world that not only provides world-class quality horse racing while maintaining the highest level of integrity in wagering, but equally it embodies an efficient, effective and socially responsible organization. It constantly evolves to integrate other fun activities with horse racing with a view to elicit the interest of the millennials as well.