The highlight of a Mumbai spring has definitely got to be the excitement of the racing season. From jockeys and betting booths to fashionistas and their hats, both are absolutely inseparable.
ELLE magazine with Swiss and VU Technologies hosted an exciting Sunday at the races to celebrate the ELLE Cup at Mumbai’s Royal Western India Turf Club on the 12th of February.
While horses grabbed most of the eyeballs, the cameras couldn’t stop spotting big names from the fashion fraternity, corporate world, socialites, Bollywood celebrities (*AHEM* I was there as well).
Currently in its 4th year, Elle Cup was attended by a plethora of Mumbai A-listers, the likes of Nargis Fakhri, Narendra Kumar Ahmed, Poorna Jaganathan. The much awaited highlight of the racing season, this year too, it did not disappoint. With a chic open enclosure, readily available betting booths and a variety of drinks from cocktails, wines, beer and single malt only the choicest of refreshments were carefully chosen to keep their guests company on surprisingly hot Sunday.
I, taking no chances pre-ordered my navy blue Audrey Hepburn inspired dress from www.asos.com, paired it with a lovely Forever New cream and black ribboned hat that I had gotten from les parents at Christmas and my last season nude Tod’s open toe heels.
Dressed in my Sunday best and wine glass in hand, I indulged in as much harmless betting as my college allowance could afford and cheered on some powerful horses called Victorian Vice, Afrojack and Midnight Lady.
Not only did I put my money on the right horse but knowing when to call it a day I went home a much richer person. *Phew*
Until the next time!
Ps: For the best way to get an idea of what horse racing is truly like I highly recommend the TV show “Luck” focusing around characters who bound together at a Race Course. Starring the “deliciously fabulous” Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte.
Words: Sarakshi Rai
Pictures: Author’s own.
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