7 Reasons To Bet On Mauritius Horse Racing

There are very few countries in the world, where interest in horse racing is growing faster than in Mauritius. Huge crowds are drawn to Champ de Mars Racecourse and many thousands more bet on the races from overseas. Here are 7 reasons why…

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1. Fixed Odds Betting

RaceBets offer fixed odds betting on all racing in Mauritius. This means that you are able to take a guaranteed price, rather than just accept the starting price.

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2. Live Video Streams

You can sit back and watch all the action live from Champ De Mars, right here on RaceBets. You can also watch (and bet on) the races taking place in both South Africa and Zimbabwe.

3. 10% Stakes Bonus Offer

RaceBets currently offers a 10% stakes bonus, on all Mauritius races. This means that 10% of the money that you stake, in a single day, will be returned to you at the end of the day as bonus cash!

4. Head-2-Head Markets On Offer

We offer head-2-head betting on selected Mauritius races. This means you can bet against one horse to finish ahead of another horse. Their actual finishing positions only matter in relation to each other, with head-to-head betting. It’s very popular and exciting.

5. Top Horses And Jockeys

The quality of both the horses and the jockeys, in Mauritius is very high. The horses are all thoroughbreds and the riders are pros. The industry attracts overseas jockeys too and Dean Holland is amongst those to have ridden winners in Mauritius.

6. High Levels Of Professionalism

The Mauritius Turf Club has built a reputation for exacting standards and is one of the best run racing organisations in the world. You can always bet with confidence, on Mauritian horse racing.

7. Classic Races

There are 4 Classic races, that take place every year in Mauritius. That’s only one less than in the UK. The races in question are the Barbé Cup, Duchess of York Cup, Maiden Cup and the Duke of York Cup.

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History Of Champ De Mars

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The Champ de Mars Racecourse is the most famous and historic track in Mauritius. It is over two hundred years old (having only recently celebrated its bicentenary) and was founded at the same time as the Mauritius Turf Club. The venue is in Port Louis and no other racing club in the Southern Hemisphere is as old. Sir Robert Townsend Farquhar  was the man responsible for launching the club. He was the first British Governor of the country.

As for the track, it is a right-handed oval which is on the short-side – just one thousand three hundred metres in circumference and only about forty feet wide. Like many tracks, this has an inclined finishing straight.

Mauritius only gained independence in the late 1960s and it was at this venue that the formalities were completed. This included the hoisting of the national flag to replace the Union Jack.

Racing takes place here from March to early December and you can expect tens of thousands of spectators to turn up on a racing day. The crowd will not just be made up of local people, as the Champ de Mars Racecourse attracts visitors from all over the world. The locals here are racing fanatics and it is the most popular sport in the whole country.

Prior to the building of the race track, the French used this area for military purposes. In fact, one of the main reasons for building the facility was to reconcile the French with the new British administration. There was much bad feeling between the French and the British, after years of conflict in the Indian Ocean. It helped greatly that Sir Robert Farquhar had married a French woman and she was an active supporter of the project.

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