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Stewards, Royal Calcutta Turf Club are pleased to announce the commencement of the Calcutta Cold Weather Season 2017-2018 from  Wednesday, 1st November, 2017.


The RCTC will be hosting the Invitation Cup 2018 weekend which is scheduled to be run on Saturday, 3rd  and Sunday, 4th March, 2018.


The Meeting will comprise of 25 race days and will conclude on 29th March, 2018There are approximately 164 races, excluding the Invitation Cup Weekend races, scheduled to be run during these 5 months.


For the benefit of the Owners, the RCTC has introduced stakes for the 5th place runner and this will be paid in all races except for sweepstakes races and sponsored races where the stakes exceed Rs. 6.30 lakhs subject to the condition that the number of actual starters in a race are 8 or more. 


An incentive of 10% of the advertised stakes will be given to local owners (residing in the State of West Bengal) whose horses are under the care of ‘A’ licensed trainers and which have earned stakes in a race.  This will not be payable for sponsored/sweepstakes races and races where the total stakes exceed Rs. 6.30 lakhs.  There will be no deduction by way of trainers and jockeys commission on the above incentive.


The Club presently has approximately 484  horses in station including 115 two-year-olds.  A  further number of horses are expected to arrive in station to compete during the Season. 


20 Trainers and 26 Jockeys have been issued ‘A licenses and at the moment there are 28 ‘B’ licenses Jockeys and 10 apprentices who will be seen in action.


A number of outstation Trainers have shown interest in racing their charges in Sweepstakes races during the season which should make racing more competitive. 


The important races scheduled to be run during the season are  as under:-


The Calcutta 1000 Guineas (Grade III)                                              -           25th November, 2017

The Aakriti Art Gallery Calcutta 2000 Guineas (Grade II)                -           9th December, 2017

The Deepak Khaitan Memorial Calcutta Gold Cup (Grade II)          -           16th December, 2017

The Calcutta Oaks (Grade III)                                                           -           16th December, 2017

The Eveready RCTC Gold Vase                                                        -           1st January, 2018

The Indian Produce Stakes                                                                 -           1st January, 2018

The  Calcutta Derby Stakes (Grade I)                                                            -           7th January, 2018

The Dashmesh Stud Alokananda Stakes                                            -           7th January, 2018

The Calcutta Champion Sprint Trophy (Grade III)                            -           13th January, 2018

The Indian Champion Cup (Grade I)                                                 -           23rd January, 2018

The Indian Champagne Stakes (Grade III                                         -           23rd January, 2018

The Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Grade III)                                            -           10th February, 2018

The Calcutta Million (Grade II)                                                          -           10th February, 2018

The Invitation Weekend                                                                     -           3rd & 4th March, 2018

The Calcutta St. Leger (Grade III)                                                     -           17th March, 2018




The advertised stake money for the Season excluding the Invitation Cup Weekend is Rs. 9,93,60,000/-.   A further sum of Rs. 22,40,000/- is the value of Cups and Trophies excluding the Invitation Cup Weekend


We would like to record our thanks to the Members of the Media for their continued coverage of thoroughbred racing in the City Of Joy.  We do hope our efforts will result in a happy, competitive and successful racing season and that the Turf Club will continue to be a destination for all those seeking exciting entertainment. 





Robin Corner

Vice President – Racing